DB3 - In order to understand the symbolic meaning of the story Cathedral by Raymond Carver one must understand the difference between looking and seeing

DB3 - In order to understand the symbolic meaning of the...

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In order to understand the symbolic meaning of the story Cathedral, by Raymond Carver one must understand the difference between looking and seeing. To look at something is to acknowledge its existence. However, to truly see something goes beyond just acknowledging it, but actually recognizing and understanding its meaning. At first it was difficult to understand the meaning of Cathedral because to understand the meaning you have to actually look past the surface of the story. At the beginning of the story the wife already comprehends what it means to truly see and the story focuses mostly on the narrators journey to fully “seeing” a cathedral. To the narrator, the cathedral is just a picture on the TV and although he can look at the cathedral he cannot describe something he does not understand. However, when Robert finally has the narrator close his eyes and start drawing what he sees in his mind, he begins to add details and become pulled into

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