Essay on Raymond carver

The Most Effective Literary Element in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral

The Most Effective Literary Element in “Cathedral” and Reasons for its Effectiveness Raymond Carver uses the literary elements of characterization and point of view to make Cathedral an effective story. While Cathedral appears to just be a story about a visit between two old friends and the narrator, I see it as a journey between […]

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Little Things by Raymond Carver is a story about a couple facing problems in their marital life

Little Things by Raymond Carver is a story about a couple facing problems in their marital life.It is a very short, yet an interesting story. The story itself starts with a situation going on in ahouse where a couple is moving apart from each other. The man, packing a suitcase is ready to leave but […]

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Excess and Lack in Fat by Raymond Carver

“Fat” is a story within a story, told from the point of view of a waitress, one of those discontented ordinary people, who live in Raymond Carver’s fictions. The story-within-a-story structure told through a very sparse and very lean prose style that contrasts with its theme of bodily (obesity) and emotional (depression) excess frame the […]

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An Exploration of Faith Regained in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral

The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver is perhaps best understood as an allegory. On its surface, the story is about one man’s discomfort at being confronted with a person afflicted with a disability he does not understand, only to ultimately overcome this initial uneasiness by finally learning how to accept the blind man he […]

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A Thematic Analysis of Raymond Carver’s Neighbors

A glimpse into the lives led by other people may give insights on what makes them tick, what makes them appear the way they do. More often, it is in the nuances and details that one may observe a greater truth, rather than the manner by which people choose to present themselves. In Raymond Carver’s […]

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Fat by Raymond Carver

I am deeply ambivalent about Raymond Carver. My beef with this particular dead guy has less to do with his fine stories than with his 1980s-era apotheosis into an academic demigod, his canonization as St. Ray of the MFA programs, the way his works and style became paradigms to be slavishly imitated by a generation […]

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