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Study Guide for Raymond Carver's Cathedral including summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about Cathedral, ask questions, and get the answers you need.


Book Basics

Author: Raymond Carver

Year Published: 1981

Type: Short Story

Genre: Fiction

Perspective and Narrator:

"Cathedral" is narrated in the first person by an unnamed, married, male narrator during the course of a single evening.


"Cathedral" is told in the past tense.

About the Title:

The title "Cathedral" refers to a large intricately built Christian religious structure. It is the subject of the documentary the narrator and his guest, Robert, watch at the end of an evening together.

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