People in similar situations may respond differently, resulting in different outcomes and realizations. The story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver is about a married couples experience with the wife’s friend, a blind man, named Robert. Throughout the visit, the husband is forced to be with Robert and he inevitably learns that they actually have a lot in common. By the end of the story, the husbands’ initial view of Robert, changes when they both draw a Cathedral, together, hand in hand. The story “Cat in the Rain” by Ernest Hemingway is about a couple on vacation in Italy. The wife sees a cat outside under a table in the rain. After convincing her husband to let her go, she sees that the cat is gone. The innkeeper helps her find the cat, and shows her the attention and care she has long yearned from husband. She then realizes how unhappy she is and that she is like the “poor little kitty in the rain” (Hemingway). Although the husband in Carver’s “The ...view middle of the document...
When reading both stories it is clear that they both are not secure in their relationships. In “The Cathedral”,
The husband and the American wife both felt lonely at a particular time in the story. The husband is shown to be lonely when he states, “my wife finally took her eyes off the blind man and looked at me. I had the feeling she didn’t like what she saw, I shrugged.” (Carver, “Cathedral” 716 line 24). The American wife is illustrated as lonely as well when, she wanted to get the cat her husband did not even try to go help her or show any sign of care. Hemingway stated, “The husband went on reading” (Hemingway “Cat in the Rain” 694 line 6). This shows that her husband was not interested in what his wife said and most likely did not care either. The wife Hemingway also stated, “She liked the deadly serious way, he received any compliment.” She like the way he wanted to serve her.” (Hemingway “Cat in the Rain” 694)
The husband tried to be a part of the discussion between his wife and her friend, Robert. At a point, he put the TV on just because he felt that all the attention from his wife was focused on Robert. Similarly, the American wife sat in front of the mirror looked at her self, studied her profile and asked her husband for an opinion on growing out her hair. All she wanted was attention from her husband, but her husband, George was not ready to show any attention, therefore he rushed the answer so he can get back to his reading. The husband and the woman both wanted attention, At the end, they both found love and attention in a different area.
From the time Robert came in, the husband was already jealous about the attention his wife showed to Robert, stating “I saw my wife laughing as she parked the car. I saw her get out of the car and shut the door. She was still wearing a smile. Just amazing.” ( Craver “The Cathedral” 715) The American wife has never showed any jealously at all. She wanted to be loved and cared for. She needed attention, which she received form a total stranger, who offered to save her from getting wet. The innkeeper stated, “You must not get wet.” (Hemingway “Cat in the Rain” 695) The husband was not comfortable with the blind man in his house, so uncomfortable that when he sat down to eat nobody was saying anything