ENGLISH 1A03 Lecture Notes - The Yellow Wallpaper, Raymond Carver

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
School
McMaster University
Department
English
Course
ENGLISH 1A03
Monday April 1, 2013
English 1A03
Cathedral
Raymond Carver
Summary
Wife friends with a blind man
Blind man is coming over to stay with them (husband and wife)
Blind man and husband draw a cathedral together
Husband closes his eyes and has an experience
Themes & Connections
Vision; very important
Question of accuracy of vision, the truthfulness of vision, according to states
of mind
Idea of seeing clearly, seeing well, seeing larger and more precisely than one
otherwise
The Yellow Wallpaper: connect the uncertain of the pattern who sees
something that may or may not be there, you don’t know if she’s seeing
clearly, she is working towards something others in the story isn’t working
towards, in the cathedral there is a sense of discovering the characteristics of
the drawing
Sonny’s Blues: Actual drugs in two different stories (smoking and heroin);
Identifying larger issues; comparing and contrast
A Good Man is Hard to Find: catharsis at the end; sense of faith; revelation of
the truth; the “something” coming clear in ones world; how much we might
distinguish these two apocalaspy? One sense has a judgment upon verses the
idea of something being uncovered or lifted off in cathedral (when he wants
to keep his eyes closed, and says explicitly he didn’t feel like he was inside
anything) metaphor, a pun that wasn’t spoken, central metaphor of the
story is a cathedral a structure that he is trying to describe
- Moments when the author is gathering his forces around some sense of
arrival; is finding something, coming to its point of focus, the world that he
finds himself in seems like his experience has come to a discovery
The audio tapes exchanged: given the narrator’s block around needing to see,
given that you don’t see you must be lacking in some way, but here his actual
wife where he’s not making a intimate connection while she’s making a
connection in another sense with the blind man
Vision, voice and touch (when he’s touching his hand when he’s drawing the
cathedral) Carver is developing many of the senses, the metaphor of making
a connection of touching someone and being touched
What aspect of cathedrals themselves are connected with supports that he’s
trying to talk about when he’s trying to describe it? How are cathedrals
made? The consciousness in the story that it’s a dangerous business building
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Blind man is coming over to stay with them (husband and wife) Blind man and husband draw a cathedral together. Husband closes his eyes and has an experience. Question of accuracy of vision, the truthfulness of vision, according to states of mind. Idea of seeing clearly, seeing well, seeing larger and more precisely than one otherwise. Sonny"s blues: actual drugs in two different stories (smoking and heroin); Moments when the author is gathering his forces around some sense of arrival; is finding something, coming to its point of focus, the world that he finds himself in seems like his experience has come to a discovery. Vision, voice and touch (when he"s touching his hand when he"s drawing the cathedral) carver is developing many of the senses, the metaphor of making a connection of touching someone and being touched. The consciousness in the story that it"s a dangerous business building a cathedral by watching the tv.

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