`` Cathedral `` By Raymond Carver And The Jewelry

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The Reader will always be a vital part to literature, for obvious reasons but also for not so obvious reasons. Without the reader the age old question of “If a tree falls in the middle of a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” starts to apply to literature. A book’s meaning does not exist until a reader picks it up and adds his/her own interpretation of what a story is trying to convey. The two stories I chose are stories that brought out many interpretations not only from me but my colleagues as well. “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver & “The Jewelry” by Guy de Maupassant are the chosen books I found had various interpretations and even passions that were displayed while discussing these two works in our discussions. The reason for discussing these stories is the sexual undertones that are possibly hidden within the text, the roles of the wives in relation to their husband, and allegations of infidelity in respect to the wives of the stories. Some Colleagues felt that there are negative characteristics of the relationships of the protagonists of the story that affect the wives and their marital vows towards their husbands. Let’s begin with “Cathedral” a story that described a couple whom are married and the wife has a friendly long distance relationship with a man who is blind. This seems to create a bit of stress on the marriage. Many in our discussion believed the tension between the husband and wife was because the husband was jealous of the ongoing

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