Raymond Carvers Cathedral
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|Raymond Carvers Cathedral
the Reference Resistance Gate: JOSePH's eSSAYSAwakenings: Raymond Carver's
(c)1996 Joseph Holmes-Peters
"For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in
part; but then I shall know even as I am known" (1 Corinthians 13). The narrator
of Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a man living a life of monotony, continuously
feeding the cold and bigoted mind that we witness for the first part of the
story. The process of guiding Robert through the drawing of the cathedral,
removes the narrator from that dark looking glass and initiates a tranformation
in which he is compelled to meet himself face to face; this awakening stirs the
narrator's humility, imagination, and faith.
It is human nature to embrace preconceptions regarding the facets of daily life,
from politics to people. It is, as well, innate to consider oneself better than
another. An awakening such as the narrator's, however, ruptures the ...
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