Comparison Essay - Surname 1 Name Instructor\u2019s name Course name Date Resolving Life\u2019s Shortcoming People have various shortcomings in their

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Surname 1 Name Instructor’s name Course name Date Resolving Life’s Shortcoming People have various shortcomings in their lives. Some people have lost their identity and feel alienated from their homeland. Others have poor socialization habits due to prejudice and stereotype that cloud their minds. However, everyone has a second chance to correct amend their ways, but not without some help, especially from friends and relatives. Similarly, Sherman Alexie's short story, "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," explores the issue of loss of identity and alienation through Victor's encounter with his friend Thomas. After his father's death, Victor begins a vital journey of reclaiming his identity, a journey that drastically changes his personality. Still, Raymond Carver's short story 'Cathedral' revolves around the reaction and transformation that Thomas undergoes after meeting Robert, the blind man invited by his wife. While the two short stories focus on different themes, they demonstrate that everyone has a chance to change and build better relationships in society. The author, Alexie, uses Victor's reaction after receiving the news on his father's demise to foreshadow the reclamation of his identity. Victor's father had been absent in his life for a long time, and they only communicated over the phone (Alexie 59). However, the tragic news evokes "… a genetic pain, which was soon to be pain [sic] as real and immediate as a broken bone" (Alexie 59). Though he has lost his job, and he does not have enough money, he decides to claim his father's remains and saving account. Desperately, he visits the Tribal Council, signifying his attachment to his homeland, and requests for financial aid. The Tribal Council
Surname 2 gives him a hundred dollars only, which is not enough to cater for a plane ticket. Nevertheless,

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