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8.) How or why is the cathedral an important image or symbol in the story? What is the significance of Carver’s choice of a cathedral as catalyst for the narrator’s learning experience? What added dimension does this symbol bring to our understanding of the story? Can you tie it to any previous detail? Cathedral is a symbol of faith and strength. The process of drawing it becomes the climax of the story when the author uses intense imagery to describe the workings of the drawing that the husband is creating. The cathedral by itself does not symbolize the narrator's transformation, but its connection to faith and religion that creates a bond between them as well as giving the narrator the chance to learn from his lack of knowledge. 9.) Describe Carver’s style. Carver's makes his stories stand out as being realistic, and relatable. Carver uses first person point of view when telling a story to accomplish a similar result. Smaller Issues: 10.) What is important about the two flashbacks (the ones about the narrator's wife's past and Robert's past)? This flashback serves to make the audience more sympathetic towards Robert as it shows how close he was to his wife that recently passed 11.) Discuss the nickname “Bub.” Robert's use of the nickname "Bub" shows the difference in their ages. 12.) Why such a “feeding frenzy” at dinner? They were all nervous and rather have eaten than to speak to one another when there was nothing yet to say. 13.) Why the repeated references to Robert lifting his beard? Robert touches his beard in various ways to emphasize his words, thoughts, and feelings. The gesture emphasizes the point at the story's end that real communication is physical. 14.) How does alcohol and marijuana play a role in the story? The drinking and smoking seem to break the ice between Robert and the narrator. Also, the drinking and the smoking led to the cathedral- drawing. 15.) Why is it important that the setting is the narrator’s house? The setting shows a sense of isolation between the three people which adds to the awkward tension the narrator feels about the visit.

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