Both stories focus on visual ideas whether it’s the young boy peeking out the window at the girl he obsesses over in “Araby”, or the way the narrator in “Cathedral” perceives blind men. There are many visual objects or actions that symbolize ideas and messages in each story. In “Araby” the narrator describes the young girl as the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. The narrator also uses many words to help the reader
visualize the bazaar. One of the main ideas in the story of “Araby” is the representation of light and dark, another visual interpretation of the story. Another similarity is the outcomes in both of the stories that were not expected by the main characters. First, in “Araby”, the young boy does not expect to go to the bazaar and then be left alone, without his crush in sight. In “Cathedral”, the narrator judges his wife’s friend based on his beliefs of blind people, then comes to the realization at the end of the story that the blind man taught him how to actually “see”, which is interesting because the man is obviously blind and cannot physically see. Finally, the interpretation of reality is important in both short stories. The main characters in both readings were so absorbed in a specific thought, the young boy’s being the thought of the girl, and the man in “Cathedral” being his thoughts of the blind, that they could not see the difference between their own ideas, and reality, which both were seen at the end of each story. With two different stories and completely different plots, both “Araby” and “Cathedral” had many similarities as told by the authors. They were shown using techniques of symbolism, metaphors, and most importantly, imagery. These ideas are important in the telling of the story because it gave readers insight on things that were not written out clearly.
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