Cathedral: Allegory of the Cave and Narrator

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Comparative Literary Analysis
Performance Task Allegory of the Cathedral As the philospoher Seneca once said, “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” Raymond Carver’s Cathedral is a story about a man who started out as a closed-minded man but, throughout the story his character changes as he begins to bond with his wife’s friend, Robert, a man who is blind. Plato’s Allegory of the cave is a story about a prisoner who is freed from being locked in chains living all of his life underground and finding out a different perspective about a lie he’s been living his whole life, being told as a conversation between Socrates and Glaucon. In the stories, “ Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, and “ Allegory of the Cave” by …show more content…

In both stories, “ Cathedral” by Raymond Carver and “ Allegory of the cave” by Plato, both authors use imagery to descibe how the characters in the story are lead to a new reality that has been bestow upon them. In “ Cathedral” the narrator learns the way Robert sees things when he says “ He ran his fingers over the paper. He went up and down the sides of the paper. The edges, even the edges. He fingered the corners. All right, he said. All right, let’s

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