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Surname 1NameInstructorCourseDateResearch Paper: Themes in Cathedralby Raymond CarverTopic ProposalThere are several research topics that one can choose in the short story Cathedral by Raymond Carver. For this assignment, the analysis will focus on the various themes that are used in the story and why they are important to the readers. OutlineI.Introduction: Cathedral by Raymond Carver is a short story that was published in 1981. The short story is about the narrator and how he bonded with Robert in the longrunThesis statement: This essay will analyze themes in the story, such as a version of reality, language and communication, transformation, and alienation, and loneliness.II.A different version of reality is one of the critical themes in the short story. He also judged Robert based on the various stories that he had seen in the movies about blind people.
Surname 2He dislikes and judgers Robert harshly before he got to spent time with him. He gets to understand that his perception of the blind man was wrong and that what was presented in the movies was not generally true. The author used this theme to show that perceptions hinder our ability to see reality.III.Carver has also focused on language and communication. Robert wanted to understand the world, and since he could not see, he mainly dealt with the description that people had to offer on the topic.The vivid description helps blind people to understand the world around him.The narrator struggled to describe the Cathedral to Robert, and he depended on what the narrator had to say to understand the building.IV.There is so much transformation that can occur in a single day. The Cathedral is set in a single night, and a lot of transformation has occurred, both physical and emotional. Robert changed the location from one city to another within the same day.
Surname 3The narrator, the wife, and Robert transform from being hungry to being full after taking the meal. Robert and the narrator transform from being sober into being intoxicated within the same night after taking the drugs. There is also the aspect of sleeping and waking up within the same setting.Carver uses this theme to show that positive change can occur at any time and within a short time.V.The theme of alienation and loneliness also cut through the short story.