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Davis 1Jack DavisProfessor ClarkeWriting through Literature22 September 2014 A Life of being “Blind”The short stories of “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver and “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter seem very different at first, but have more in common than one would think. The main characters, the narrator Bub (Carver) and Granny (Porter), are very relatable to one another. They both have inner conflicts that they need to overcome. Bub’s battle with himselfis getting rid of this “blindness” he has and being able to see below the surface of people and situations. Granny Weatherall’s battle is her constant denial of her altar incident and her medical condition. Both authors try to make a point to the reader to open up during their life and to acceptthe hardships that come for you and the ones around you. Nothing is more important than having strong relationships with loved ones and to accept those around you.Both characters are cynical, each having a negative outlook on the situation that they are in and throughout their stories they both show some change. They also have differences as they both resolve their “blindness” in different ways. Granny Weatherall ends up dying and the reader is left unsure if she had any death bed realizations or if she was too out of it to comprehend her life. As Bub was in an altered state of mind, he had an epiphany while drawing blindly with Robert, and the reader does not know whether he really changed or if it was a just a fluke. Both of these characters have (had) potential to change their current mindset and even change their outlook on life.
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