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Inside a Box

Raymond Carver’s the “Cathedral” takes place in somewhere upstate New York with an estimated time frame of a setting of late 1960’s to early 1070’s. The clues of how Robert should travel while coming and going passed the Hudson, should offer the reader a clue where the setting takes place. (Carver 109)The references in the story with a color television set, terms used in the text, the use of cassette tapes, and the use of marijuana would give the reader the impression of the timing of the story. The setting would appear to be a small town which symbolizes the thinking at that time and why the husband thinks the way he does throughout the story. References to traditional marriages, non- mixing of races during this time as well give the reader clues as to the importance of setting. Living in upstate New York would indicate that it was a small working town which correlates with the husband having the small town perception of something that is not the norm for him. In this story, Carver tells how a husband’s comfort zone, narrow-mindedness, and the ability to change how he communicates effectively will change throughout this story with a single, closely personal mind opening event.

The clues in the story definitely show that the husband's character is very narrow- minded when it comes to something out of his comfort zone. He judges things without exploring or opening his mind he makes snap judgments. He has preconceived notions based on conjecture. He presumes how a blind person should act, dress, and feel off of movies. “A beard on a blind man”. (Carver 108) The use of no cane or glasses shows how uneducated or cultured the husband is. (Carver 109) That tells the reader he thinks that a blind person is incapable of caring for themselves. The husband's notion is a blind person is this…...

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