Raymond Carver’s Story, "Cathedral’

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Raymond Carver’s story, "Cathedral’, talks about an outside relationship within a marriage that is established between the narrator’s wife and a blind man. The story elaborates how the relationship can affect the normal relations of the couple. Communication in that marriage is not as effective as expected. Also, the privacy of the husband is affected. However, openness results to seeing a cathedral when the husband explains what it is to the blind man. The title is based on the cathedral but the story is about two men who have a problem seeing. In Franz Kafka’s story, "A Hunger Artist," a man, who the writer calls “Hunger Artist”, sets on a journey with his impresario from one town to the other and finds a public place to show his fasting skills. The man is locked up in a cage and he fasts for a period of forty days. During his fasting period, people are not attracted to his intensions but suspect that he is sneaking food. He is frustrated when the town people assign butchers to ensure that he feeds on nothing. The allow him to eat. Eventually, the manager sees that the man will die and feeds him forcefully. Later, the man dies. The cage was replaced with a panther that eats hungrily and attracts many people to it. The hunger artist is a symbol of how the world is. The artist represents the part of the world that needs attention from everyone. This joy-deprived man has set himself to live a life different from other people so that he can have a theme that will ignite the people’s behavior towards him. He stays hungry for many days. Having people set to watch over him as they do not trust him reveals ironic understanding as the artist wants to stay hungry but the people do not believe him. The manager insists that he should eat because without doing so, he would die. They feed him forcefully. This artist is faced with tragedy and cries of desperation as his…...

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