Compare and Contrast - to Room Nineteen & Cathedral

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In both Doris Lessing’s “To Room Nineteen” and Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, the protagonists exhibit a kind of selfishness. Although they share this similarity, they present their selfishness in different ways, and ultimately make very different life decisions based upon this. The Rawling family had “everything right, appropriate, and what everyone would wish for, if they could choose.” The husband and wife, Matthew and Susan, had a picture-perfect marriage, “…people to whom others came for advice.” Despite this, Susan felt a “certain flatness.” She was endlessly looking forward to the day when their twins would go off to school for the first time, and then all the children would be “off her hands.” When this day came, however, she…show more content…
Although both protagonists are somewhat similar in their selfishness, the way they chose to handle their situations makes them quite different in the end. Works Cited Carver, Raymond. “Cathedral.” The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Comp. R.V. Cassill. 7th ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005, Print. Lessing, Doris. “To Room Nineteen.” The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Comp. R.V. Cassill. 7th ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005,
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