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Inability to Interact with Others in Raymond Carver's Cathedral

- In Raymond Carver's Cathedral “appear...extreme versions of insularity,from a husband's self-imposed confinement to a living room in 'Preservation' to another's pathetic reluctance to leave an attic garret in 'Careful'” (Meyer). One of Carver's chief goals in cathedral is to criticize people who fail, in one way or another, to communicate with society. In almost every short story, the main character suffers from insularity due to a horrible event in his or her life, alcoholism, or a failure to consider others' thoughts and feelings....   [tags: Cathedral Essays]

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Imagery and Symbolism in Cathedral, by Raymond Carver

- In the short story, Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, the author uses imagery, symbolism and narrates the story in first person point of view. The Cathedral’s main theme is being able to identify the difference between being able to look and/or see and it is portrayed through the main characters role in the story. Carver uses a unique style of writing which gives the short story a simple way for the reader to understand the story’s theme. This story is about how the narrator is unable to see what life is really giving him and finds it through a blind man’s eyes, the friend of his wife....   [tags: literary analysis, metaphor, cathedral]

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Description of Saint Paul's Cathedral in England

- I have had many experiences that changed my outlook towards life. One of them was when I went to London, England. It was called St. Paul’s Cathedral. I had never been to a “cathedral” before, and I didn’t especially care to go and look at one. But my coach made me, and when we got there I heard a voice in my head yelling, “You’re going to hate this!” Regardless I was there and without chance to leave, so I figured I might as well try to appreciate it. Boy, am I glad I did because as I stood at the bottom of the enormous concrete steps towards the doors of St....   [tags: cathedral, london, st. paul's]

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Raymond Carver’s Cathedral and Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son

- Generally considered that the American Dream consists of a healthy family, a well-paying job and a sturdy home. A lot of people dream about it and use all their opportunities to achieve it. However, the socioeconomic situation of the United States is an obstacle to this ideal. The characters who inhabit Raymond Carver’s Cathedral are blue-collar Americans confused and illusioned by the hollow image of an American dream they see on the TV screen every night. Denis Johnson’s protagonists, however, have never heard of an American dream, and are certainly not devoted to achieving it; their lives slip by a state of alcoholism and drug use and futures become brutally shapeless....   [tags: Cathedral, Jesus’ Son]

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The Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- "Cathedral" is a short story ultimately about enlightment, finding something more meaningful and deeper with in one self. Although from an observing point of view nothing more in the story happens then a blind man assisting the narrator in drawing a cathedral. Although as known, the narrator's experience radically differs from what is actually "observed". He is enlightened and opened up to a new world of vision and imagination. This brief experience will have a life long effect on him. The reason for this strong and positive effect is not so much the relationship made between the blind man and the narrator or even the actual events leading up to this experience, but rather it is mostly due t...   [tags: Analysis Cathedral Raymond Carver]

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Lack of Vision in Carver's Cathedral

- Lack of Vision in Cathedral The narrator in Raymond Carver’s "Cathedral" is not a particularly sensitive man. I might describe him as self-centered, superficial, and egotistical. And while his actions certainly speak to these points, it is his misunderstanding of the people and the relationships presented to him in this story which show most clearly his tragic flaw: while Robert is physically blind, it is the narrator who cannot clearly see the world around him. In the eyes of the narrator, Robert’s blindness is his defining characteristic....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Metamorphosis of the Narrator in Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- Metamorphosis of the Narrator in Cathedral by Raymond Carver A metamorphosis is an act of change or a transformation from one thing to another. Most associate a metamorphosis with the process in which a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly. However, metamorphoses occur in humans as well. Cathedral is a story of man, the narrator, who experiences a life changing metamorphosis in an unexpected manner. The narrator is first introduced to the reader as an insensitive and ignorant man, and he reveals these characteristics in many ways throughout the majority of the story....   [tags: Cathedral Raymond Carver]

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The Blind Husband in Carver’s Cathedral

- The "Blind" Husband in Carver’s Cathedral   The short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver is about a woman who has a blind friend who comes to visit her and her husband. Although the husband has, technically, normal vision he is in the beginning of this story the one who is "blind." Through the husband’s words and actions when he is dealing with Robert, the blind man, we can see that the husband does not "see" or understand what Robert’s blindness means or how it changes or does not change him as a human being....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Religious Revelation in Carver’s Cathedral

-    At first glance, one might assume Raymond Carver’s "Cathedral" illustrates the awakening of an insensitive and insulated husband to the world of a blind man. However, this literal awakening does not account for the fact that the husband awakens also to a world of religious insight, of which he has also been blind. The title and story structure are the first indicators of the importance of the religious thesis. It is also revealed when one examines the language and actions of the characters in the story....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Blind Faith in Raymond Carver's Cathedral

- Blind Faith in Raymond Carver's Cathedral      In the story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, the main character, goes through a major personal transformation.  At the beginning of the story, his opinions of others are filled with stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice.  Through interaction with his wife's blind friend Robert, his attitude and outlook on life changes.  Although at first he seemed afraid to associate with a blind man, Robert's outgoing personality left him with virtually no choice.  During Robert's visit, he proved to be a normal man, and showed the speaker that by closing his eyes, he could open his mind....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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The Blind Heart in Carver’s Cathedral

- The Blind Heart in Raymond Carver's Cathedral   A person’s ability to see is often taken for granted as it is in "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver. Although the title suggests that the story is about a cathedral, it is really about two men who are blind, one physically, the other psychologically. One of the men is Robert, the blind friend of the narrator’s wife; the other is the narrator-husband himself. The husband is the man who is psychologically blind. Carver deftly describes the way the husband looks at life: from a very narrow-minded point of view....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- Cathedral by Raymond Carver In Raymond Carver?s ?Cathedral?, the conventional ideas often associated with blindness and sight are challenged. By juxtaposing his two male characters, Carver is able to effectively explore sight and its seemingly simplistic relationship with learning and knowledge. As well, he addresses the barriers imposed by the human tendency to rely on vision as the sole means of experiencing the world. At the beginning of the story, the narrator?s perception on blind people as individuals who ?moved slowly and never laughed....   [tags: Papers Cathedral Raymond Carver Essays]

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Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- The story of Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, shows that you do not have to see someone or something in order to appreciate them for who or what they are. It is about a husband, the narrator, and his wife who live in a house. The wife, whose name they do not mention, has a very close friend who is blind. His name is Robert. Robert's wife dies, and comes to their house to spend a couple of days with the narrator and his wife. The narrator, whose name they do not mention as well, is always on edge because he does not really know Robert very well and he does not like blind people, but he is being friendly for his wife's sake....   [tags: Cathedral Raymond Carver Book Analysis]

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Threatening Relationships in Carver’s Cathedral

- Threatening Relationships in Carver’s Cathedral       Although many critics have written numerous accounts of Richard Carver’s "Cathedral" as being about revelation and overcoming prejudice, they have overlooked a very significant aspect: the unfolding of marital drama. The story tells of how a close outside friendship can threaten marriage by provoking insecurities, creating feelings of invasion of privacy, and aggravating communication barriers. The close outside friendship between the narrator’s wife and Robert, the blind man, provokes the narrator’s insecurities....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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A Blind Man’s Gift in Carver’s Cathedral

- A Blind Man’s Gift in Cathedral       In Raymond Carver’s story, "Cathedral," one man’s prejudice is overcome by another man’s gift. The husband in the story is given the gift of seeing a cathedral through a blind man’s eyes. The true gift comes from the cathedral, which represents the husband’s prejudice and the blind man’s open-mindedness. This gift is the revelation the husband experiences while he "looks" at the cathedral with his eyes still closed. According to Anatole Broyard "Cathedral" is "a lovely piece about a blind man who asks an acquaintance to guide his hand in sketching a cathedral he has never seen....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Through the Eyes of the Blind in Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- Through the Eyes of the Blind in Cathedral by Raymond Carver You can never seem to know what's going on in another ones life, unless you put your feet in there shoes, so to judge, is simply ignorance. Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a story about how the narrator is uncomfortable with having his wife's blind friend, Robert, over. Roger has lost his wife, and to cope with her death, he planned to visit the narrator's wife. Without any knowledge whatsoever on how to act in accompany towards a blind man, the narrator seems to get a glimpse of what it is to truly fit into the blind mans shoe. The narrator starts his story very unenthusiastic about Roger's visit....   [tags: Raymond Carver Cathedral]

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The Character of the Husband in Raymond Carver's Story Cathedral

- The Character of the Husband in Raymond Carver's Story "Cathedral" In Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," the husband's view of blind men is changed when he encounters his wife's long time friend, Robert. His narrow minded views and prejudice thoughts of one stereotype are altered by a single experience he has with Robert. The husband is changed when he thinks he personally sees the blind man's world. Somehow, the blind man breaks through all of the husband's jealousy, incompetence for discernment, and prejudgments in a single moment of understanding....   [tags: Raymond Carver Cathedral]

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Two Levels of Meaning in Carver’s Cathedral

- . Two Levels of Meaning in Cathedral The short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver develops characters with a dualistic depth. On the surface they have believable human attitudes and attributes, but there is also a level functioning that offers another interpretation. Carver is not only creating a realistic human picture, he uses the old story of the "deliverer" and reworks it into something unique, fresh. He takes the characters and binds them in the mind of his readers in a way that leads one to feel as though there is a deeper level to his message....   [tags: Carver Cathedral Essays]

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Raymond Carver's Cathedral

- Raymond Carver's Cathedral Raymond Carver utilizes his character of the husband, who is also the narrator, in his short story "Cathedral." From the beginning of the story the narrator has a negative personality. He lacks compassion, has a narrow mind, is detached emotionally from others, and is jealous of his wife's friendship with a blind man named Robert. He never connects with anyone emotionally until the end of this story. At the beginning of the story the husband is telling of a blind man coming to visit him and his wife....   [tags: Raymond Carver Cathedral Literature Essays]

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Poverty in Everyday Use, Sonny's Blues, and The Cathedral

- Poverty in Everyday Use, Sonny's Blues, and The Cathedral Works Cited Not Included Comparing ?Everyday Use?, ?Sonny?s Blues. and ?The Cathedral?, one can conclude that they share a common meaning. Although all three stories consider poverty as their theme, each chooses to elaborate it in a different manner. In fact, ?Everyday Use. emphasizes on the state of extreme poverty in which certain people live. On the other hand, ?Sonny?s Blues. contributes to the theme by describing the poverty of spirit of Harlem?s ?inner kids?....   [tags: Papers Everyday Sonny's Cathedral Essays]

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Appreciating a Gothic Cathedral: Milan Cathedral

- All over the world people still come to admire the beauty of European cathedrals. Many of the cathedrals are fragile due to age, neglect, pollution, and insufficient funds available to restore these historical and beautiful buildings. Nevertheless, visitors to these architectural masterpieces are fascinated by the design and structure of these churches. The cathedral builders using their own ingenuity, expertise, and limited resources were able to defy the laws of gravity and time. (Icher 30) There were two main types of architecture during the middle ages, the Romanesque style and the Gothic style....   [tags: Architecture]

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The Cathedral

- The Cathedral I have had many experiences that changed my outlook towards life. One of them was when I went to London, England. It was called St. Paul’s Cathedral. I had never been to a “cathedral” before, and I didn’t especially care to go and look at one. But my coach made me, and when we got there I heard a voice in my head yelling, “You’re going to hate this!” Regardless I was there and without chance to leave, so I figured I might as well try to appreciate it. Boy, am I glad I did because as I stood at the bottom of the enormous concrete steps towards the doors of St....   [tags: essays papers]

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the cathedral

- At a glance Carver’s writing style of the “Cathedral” seems simple but after further interpretation of the story one realizes that the “Cathedral” is about the interactions and epiphanies that regular people have that changes their entire life. This idea is perfectly represented at the end of the “Cathedral”, throughout the story the husband knew nothing about blind people and wondered how can they live their life without being able to see. He continually made references to the effect of how can he be married and not be able to see his wife, if she had makeup purple slacks and so on he would never know....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sight in Cathedral

- Vision is something many people take for granted every day. Society only deals with the matter of being blind if they are the less fortunate ones. According to the Braille Institute, "every seven minutes a person in the United States loses their sight, often as part of the aging process" (1). Only two percent of legally blind people use a guide dog and thirty-five percent use a white cane. Blindness can be caused from various different types of things including (in order) age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related cataracts....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Analysis of Cathedral

- In the beginning of the story, the narrator feels very uncomfortable knowing that he will soon have to accommodate a visitor, But not just any Visitor, Robert her blind friend. The Narrator and his wife were discussing the fact that she had invited Robert to visit. She worked for Robert ten years ago. Although, the Narrator agreed to the visit, he still expressed how it felt to know that his wife had shared intimate details about herself and the people in her life. These facts made the narrator jealous, considering the fact that she had maintained contact with Robert through two marriages....   [tags: narrator, blind, wife, hope]

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The Questions of the Salisbury Cathedral

- The Salisbury Cathedral is one of a kind. It is still standing after hundreds of years. I just recently just saw the beautiful building while flipping through our art history text book and it immediately caught my eye. I wanted to do more research about this cathedral and learn more about it. Who built it, why was it built, where is it located, and what happened in the cathedral. These are some of the questions that I want to figure out and more. Salisbury Cathedral is the tallest and biggest cathedral in the United Kingdom....   [tags: built, why, when, where, happened, learn]

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Analysis Of `` Cathedral `` And `` Adventure `` Paris ``

- While stories are leading readers to experience a different world and an experience that might not be possible in the reality that is limited by time and location, characters inside the story could also experience a change in settings, mentally or physically, that transforms their lives. As the readers follow the characters’ journey, they can understand more about the characters or the deeper messages that the authors want to deliver. In “Cathedral” and “An Adventure in Paris”, the main characters both experienced a great change in their lives with a mind-changing incident, and the changes happened at a distant place from where they were residing....   [tags: Short story, Guy de Maupassant, Meaning of life]

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St. John The Baptist Cathedral

- Parker Camp St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Savannah versus Chartres Cathedral Comparison Essay Thesis: Both St. John the Baptist Cathedral and Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Chartres are constructed in French Gothic style which means that architecturally they have many similarities. However, the 700 year gap between their construction offers St. John the Baptist more flexibility in design and style. Still, their likeness and variations extend far beyond the realm of their design. Fall 2014 Both St....   [tags: Gothic architecture, Stained glass, Rose window]

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Gothic Architecture - Amiens Cathedral

- The word gothic is related to characteristics such as dark, haunted, black, etc. but that was not always the case. In the Medieval period, Gothic style architecture was built to create plenty of entryways for sunlight. The brightness was meant to brighten lives, even more so in churches (Frankl & Crossley, 2000). The Gothic style was also a part of the movement away from the simply architectural style that was previously used (Murray, 1996). Gothic style was not just developed out of nowhere. It had evolved from the previous and relatively similar Romanesque style....   [tags: architectural styles and characteristics]

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The parallel between “Cathedral” and “A&P”

- The parallel between “Cathedral” and “A&P” Raymond Carver with “Cathedral” and “A&P” by John Updike are both short stories, even if in facts they are written during the same century, readers can interpret the changes that occurred to be really different. They both introduce characters that are being victim of stereotype by the protagonists, but somehow these characters made a great change into the protagonists’ view of the world and life itself. The stories differ in atmosphere and the quantity of people involve in each story which might be important to understand how changes occur....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver

- Seeing Happiness What is happiness. Do people actually have the right to have happiness in their lives. “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver follows the story of the narrator’s jealousy, and ignorance towards his wife’s relationship with Robert a blind man she used to work for. The narrator’s jealousy towards Robert grows with apprehension towards his upcoming visit to their home on his way to see his in-laws. When Robert arrives, however, the narrator begins to warm up to the man he had previously thought very little of....   [tags: Fiction, Narrative, Symbol, Narrator]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Cathedral '

- The Quest for Discovery can have multiple meanings and just like these two short stories by Carver they each can have multiple ways to interpret the story. In both stories the path to the answer is not a straight line, but instead, is a path with many obstacles different for each person. The path taken will take time and effort taking you out of your comfort zone. And in some instants there is no “right” answer but just what you believe to be right. In “The Cathedral” follows the narrator and how he deals with having to adjust to being out of his comfort zone, along with “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love” the group’s idea of love isn’t the same....   [tags: Love, Marriage, Blindness, Short story]

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Blindness in Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- In the story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, it tells of how a blind man is open to new experiences and how he views the world compared to the husband (narrator) who is blinded by the material things of life. The husband is given the gift of sight but the true gift comes from seeing the cathedral. At the beginning of the story, the husband’s outlook on others is filled with stereotypes, discrimination, insecurities and prejudice. After interacting with Robert, his wife's friend, his outlook begins to change significantly....   [tags: discrimination, marijuana, stereotype ]

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Analysis of Murder in the Cathedral

- Murder in the Cathedral is a two-part, verse drama, tragedy play written in 1935 by Thomas Stearns Eliot, also known by his pen name as T. S. Eliot. It joined many similar writings in the year of 1170 when Archbishop Thomas á Becket was assassinated in the cathedral at Canterbury by four knights ordered by King Henry II following Becket’s rejection of the King’s new marriage (Trudeau 2). Eliot’s most famous works including The Waste Land (1922) and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915) were in the past, and a new style of writing would emerge from the more pensive, older Eliot....   [tags: tragedy play, t s eliot, thomas becket]

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Blindness in Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- In literature, blindness serves a general significant meaning of the absence of knowledge and insight. In life, physical blindness usually represents an inability or handicap, and those people afflicted with it are pitied. The act of being blind can set limitations on the human mind, thus causing their perception of reality to dramatically change in ways that can cause fear, personal insecurities, and eternal isolation. However, “Cathedral” utilizes blindness as an opportunity to expand outside those limits and exceed boundaries that can produce a compelling, internal change within an individual’s life....   [tags: literature, isolation, robert]

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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

- The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is one of the oldest churches in St. Louis. It is going to be a 100 years old with in a few months. There are many things that makes this church unique, First the two different designs that have been used in the exterior and the interior. The arches has an amazing art on them that makes them a pice of art for it self, However there are three domes they are colorful and has unique art pieces. This Church took around 83 years for it to bee done 7 years to the exterior to be finish and 76 years for the interior to be finish....   [tags: history, church, byzantine style ]

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Prejudices in Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- Is intimacy with one person sufficient. The answer is no. In life, we must have several relationships on all levels. It is not to say that we should go out and have affairs behind our loved ones, but we should make personal connections with others to help us grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. Otherwise, we remain static showing little development in ourselves. In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, the narrator fails to see this point and thus becomes jealous of his wife who has a strong emotional connection with a blind man....   [tags: conflict, irony, symbolism]

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The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Cathedral

- Through out our lives we have had many significant objects in our possession. Many of these objects, some ordinary everyday items, hold a symbolic meaning to the journeys we have taken over the course of our life. Just as these objects hold a symbolic meaning in our lives, objects have also been symbolic for many characters in works of literature such as Aimee Bender’s The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Raymond Carver’s Cathedral. From a library mural, a hunchback and even a birthday cake, Bender and Carver have turned everyday items into symbolic objects that have elevated the meaning of their stories while creating a deeper understanding of the characters they are connected to....   [tags: Symbolic Objects, Literary Analysis]

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Cathedral: Blindness of the Non-Blind

- Prejudice is an issue that is present in communities around the world due to diversity in race, religion, sexual orientation, lifestyles and physical disabilities of others as well. However, sometimes it just takes a life changing moment for one to realize that he or she should not discriminate against others just because of their appearance or beliefs. In the story “Cathedral”, author Raymond Carver writes about a man who is prejudging towards his wife’s blind friend, Robert, who will be visiting the couple....   [tags: Raymond Carver]

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Analysis Of Carver 's ' Cathedral '

- A men biggest weakness is expressing their emotions. They are taught from an early age to be fearless and powerful. They are informed that 'Big Boys Don 't Cry ' and to 'Man Up '. Men start to connect feelings and emotions with their weakness. They come to believe that they have failed if they become affectionate and were to open their hearts. As a result, many men try to be the warrior who saves the people around them and always puts on a bold face. Men are typically the provider of their household and tend to play the male role....   [tags: Marriage, Love, Wife, Husband]

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Stereotypes in Raymond Carver's Cathedral

- ... He doesn’t know what to say and resorts to “Which side of the train did you sit on, by the way?” Robert answers, but the wife is shocked that her husband asked. Obviously neither side of the train would have the best view for the blind man. Even though the wife expected the husband to be nicer, more sociable, respectful, and excited to see Robert and have him staying with them, the husband acted more like the subjects from “The ill-treatment of employees with disabilities in British workplaces.” While he was expected to interact positively with Robert, he still acted discriminatorily and negligently towards the blind man....   [tags: character analysis]

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Cathedral, by Raymond Carvers

- Raymond Carvers “ Cathedral” depicts a scenario where the narrator experiences a inner transformation. This transformation happens when the narrator sketches a cathedral with his eyes closed. Sketching the cathedral, opened his inner eyes to greater things that lie beyond the physical environment of his world. The epiphany occurs when the narrator shuts out the physical environment and focuses solely on drawing the cathedral with his heart. The narrator who once lived life appreciating the physical elements of life altered his way of thinking while connecting with his inner self....   [tags: Reality, Inner Transformation]

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Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- This essay is going to be about “Cathedral” which is a short story written by Raymond Carver. Cathedral is simply the narrative of a man and his acceptance and understanding of a blind man. The man himself is a symbol of the overlying theme of the story, which is overcoming one’s personal prejudice. Throughout the story the narrator shows that he has a predetermined mindset of what a blind man is, his struggles, and his lifestyle. The author shows that the narrator’s stubbornness affects both his relationship with his wife, and his personal evocation of emotions....   [tags: short story analysis]

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Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- Raymond Carver, the author of “Cathedral” uses characterization to describe the main character, the narrator’s development in the story upon meeting a blind man. This blind man, Robert, unintentionally changes the narrator’s perspective on life and on himself. The narrator first starts off as an arrogant, close minded individual who later opens his mind and is introduced to new perspectives of life. The most important element used in this writing is characterization because it makes the reader change perspectives on how the narrator develops throughout the story and deeply goes into a lot of detail to support the narrator’s development....   [tags: characterization, story and character analysis]

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Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- The views we have are what shapes us. Sometimes we have vast knowledge of certain ideas. Other times we are limited in what we can understand. We are given the choice of finding out more of said idea or choosing to remain as is. Cathedral by Raymond Carver is a story that gives us a look into what it is like to have a our views changed through experiencing them first hand. We are introduced to the story by narration from the main character and gives the reader a brief summary of how his wife and the blind man met....   [tags: short story analysis]

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Analysis of Carver's Cathedral

- Cathedral I found ‘Cathedral’ to be a very warming story. Throughout Carver’ story, we meet a blind man, a wife, and the wife’s husband. Three very particular and determined people in their own way. We quickly learn that the story is told from the husband’s point of view, where he starts his story off explaining that a blind man is coming to stay with them while he visits his dead wife’s relatives. The husband is quick to acknowledge the fact he is not happy with having a blind man in his house, let alone a man he has never met but on tape, and a man that has an unusual relationship with his wife....   [tags: critical analysis]

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Cathedral, by Raymond Carver

- Raymond Carver, in his short story Cathedral uses a first-person narrator, whose point of view is very much limited and flawed. The narrator in Cathedral has full use of all his senses, unlike the blind man, Robert, who is introduced very early in the story. When comparing the two again, however, Robert is the character that is open to new ideas and willing to experience the joys of life, while the narrator limits himself due to his close-minded thinking. It brings up the question, who is truly blind in the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Character Comparison]

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Cathedral by Raymond Carver

- What would one expect from a loving husband who has to share his home with a complete stranger. Would one expect to be welcomed with open arms or be met with a blinding cloud of jealousy. In Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral” a distraught and confounded husband has an ignorant and envious view of his wife’s timeless friend. According to the narrator, he “wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit” (32) and “being blind bothered him” (32). The narrator is so hostile to the idea of a visit from Robert because he is blinded by jealousy, anger, and confusion....   [tags: mentally blind, jealousy, short story]

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Lichfield Cathedral

- From its beginnings in Early Gothic to its completion just before Perpendicular, Lichfield Cathedral poses a fine balance between development and refinement, is a magnificent example of patterns of embellishment, and proves to be a great accomplishment for Decorated Gothic. Lichfield Cathedral was developed on the grounds of what was first a Saxon and next a Norman site, but which became Gothic in 1195, when the style was emerging in England. The particular allure of this cathedral is its interment of St....   [tags: Essay on Architecture]

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Taking a Look at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

- Saint Patrick's Cathedral, one of New York's greatest cathedrals, is located in Manhattan at 14 E. 51st St. The main reason the cathedral was built was to affirm the ascendance of religious freedom and tolerance. Thousands of poor immigrants and one hundred three prominent citizens helped pay contributions toward the church. The prominent citizens paid approximately one thousand dollars each.This cathedral supports the idea that not one single generation builds a cathedral, but rather the past, present, and future generations do....   [tags: New York City landmarks]

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The Cathedral of Saint Francis de Sales

- From St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in France, architects have designed some of the most beautiful Churches in the world. Expressing every little detail and nuance, they have relentlessly taken the time to develop these remarkable centers of worship. However, tourists of these Churches seem to fail to go “behind the scenes” and appreciate all the decision making and planning used to create these magnificent wonders. Thus, we the architects have put together this detailed synopsis to allow worshipers to appreciate every aspect and feature of The Cathedral of Saint Francis de Sales....   [tags: Church]

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Norman Politics and the Study of Durham Cathedral

- For many the Cathedral is seen to indicate the grandeur and control of the Normans, who were able to build such monuments to their power despite having only recently conquered England. The precarious situation of being an recently instated alien power was even more pronounced in the north, where even the Anglo Saxon Kings had only had a superficial hold, arguably making the construction of Durham “one of the greatest Anglo-Norman achievements”. This so-called achievement is not restricted to architecture but also refers to the political developments which enabled the Normans to apparently gain enough control to do this within 30 years....   [tags: Norman Politics]

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Raymond Carver's Cathedral

- In Raymond Carver's short story, "Cathedral", we follow along with the narrator as he unknowingly describes his own prejudice , in which he is kept from appreciating more than can be seen and ultimately begins to understand that he is the one who is blind and unfulfilled through his interaction with a blind man. The metaphors of the bound men, found in Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave", can be related to the ignorance and prejudice of the unfulfilled narrator of "Cathedral", as the bound men suffer from a literal blindness and the narrator of "Cathedral" suffers from a metaphorical blindness, both of which will keep them from the truth and skew their perception of reality....   [tags: prejudice, blindness, substance abuse]

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Analysis Of `` Cathedral And `` Robert The Blind Man ``

- “Essay One” Compare /Contrast and describe the changes, if any, that occur with Victor as a result of this encounter with Thomas (“This is what it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”) and with the narrator of Carver’s “Cathedral and “Robert—the blind man.” When discussing “Cathedral,” please don’t forget to talk about the narrator’s wife, as she is crucial to the story. Consider: How does one character teach the other, and what does one learn from the other. How storytelling/art forms important in each work....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, The Blind, Woman]

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Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's ' The Cathedral '

- Raymond Carver’s, “The Cathedral” is a short story told by the narrator, whose actual identity remains unknown. The narrator tells of an evening where his wife invites an old friend and former employer, by the name of Robert, over to spend the night. What differentiates Robert from the rest of the group is the fact that he is blind. It is blatantly apparent that the narrator or bub, a nicknamed coined by Robert, is close-minded and quick to make preconceived notions about circumstances that he is unfamiliar with, especially Robert’s inability to see....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, The Blind, Walk This Way]

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Redemption Theme in Cathedral by Raymond Carter

- Redemption can be explained as gaining possession of something in exchange for payment. In order to achieve something, one must do something in return. The end result of redemption may be unknown to the person and what their payment is may be a sacrifice. This motif is relayed in the short story, “Cathedral,” by Raymond Carver, by a man who gains new vision from an unlikely source. “Cathedral” consists of three individuals. The narrator is the main character, which the story revolves around. The wife of the narrator is the second character, who is the least relevant....   [tags: Blind, Sacrifice]

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Raymond Carver's Cathedral

- The husband in Raymond Carvers “Cathedral” wasn’t enthusiastic about his wife’s old friend, whom was a blind man coming over to spend the night with them. His wife had kept in touch with the blind man since she worked for him in Seattle years ago. He didn’t know the blind man; he only heard tapes and stories about him. The man being blind bothered him, “My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to....   [tags: Character Analysis, Literary Essay]

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Holy Trinity Cathedral : Where Are You?

- Holy Trinity Cathedral Where Are you. On March the 6th 2016, I visited the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral church in San Francisco. The site is located at a convenient neighborhood one block south Union st at 1530 Green St. This Orthodox Church is the oldest Orthodox parish in town, and it is one of the few parishes in northern California with such a unique shape. The church was designed to show the Russian unique architect, and its outstanding shape connected to Moscow patriarch. Even though it is a small church, but it looks stunning where it placed right in the corner with a two sides street view....   [tags: Christianity, Jesus, Christian terms, Trinity]

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Analysis Of `` Good Country People `` And `` Cathedral ``

- Some people are unaware of what literature really means. Literature is referring to something that deals with a body of written works; within poems, plays and novels. Literature is used to explore human experiences in all possibilities. It is something that deals with our most apprehensiveness such as death, family, religion, good and evil, character, courage, and more. “While the information is represented in abstract form and generalized: facts, statistics, and data” (Gillespie, 20). It offers a different type of learning than just collecting information by, requiring us to experience things and participate....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Good and evil, God]

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Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's ' The Cathedral '

- Raymond Carver’s “The Cathedral” is a simple short story, which expresses to the reader that not all who are physically blind cannot truly see. There are many cases in this story where Robert, the blind man shows how the husband, who is also the narrator, a new way of appreciating life. The narrator is not only being superficial and ignorant, but not being able to see what is beyond the physical eye. Mr. Carver writes the story in the first person point of view, allowing the reader to see from the narrator perspective on life, and comes across as a self-absorb man, who has a negative attitude....   [tags: Anton Chekhov, Short story, Fiction]

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The Canterbury Cathedral

- The Canterbury Cathedral For at least fourteen hundred years the worship of God has been offered on the site of this Cathedral, and through the prayers of the Church his power and grace have shaped human lives. Ever since the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in the Cathedral in 1170, Canterbury has attracted thousands of pilgrims. This tradition continues to this day, and a large team of Welcomers, Guides, Cathedral Assistants and Chaplains are there to give all visitors a warm welcome. The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ Canterbury is a holy place of pilgrimage, founded by St Augustine for the worship of Almighty God and the honour of Christ our Saviour....   [tags: Papers]

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How the Catholoc Church Influenced the Chartres Cathedral

- Chartres Cathedral; Chartres, France (“Mary Central”) Thesis: The Chartres Cathedral is an example of an artistic response to the rise of power and influence of the Catholic Church throughout Europe and beyond, also reflected in the literature and philosophy of that time. Bishop Fulbert, the re-creator of the Cathedral of Chartres, was born in 960 and died in 1028. He was born in Aquitaine or Poitou to humble parents and served as both a master and a chancellor before he became the bishop of Chartres, where he worked mostly with King Robert II the Pious of France....   [tags: artistic, construction, architecture]

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A Visit to Durham Cathedral

- A Visit to Durham Cathedral A World Heritage Site must be "An example of a type of building or architectural ensemble." by the world heritage committee guidelines or the international council on monuments and sites states it must be "A building which is historically of the highest importance." Durham fulfilled the criteria and was awarded the title world heritage site in 1996. I believe Durham cathedral became a world heritage site because it shows the earliest example of rib vaults and proto flying buttresses outside of Italy....   [tags: Papers]

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The Pilgrimage to Cathedral of Compostela

- The Pilgrimage to Cathedral of Compostela In the twelfth century one the most popular destinations for pilgrimages was to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. The shrine of St. James the Great is in the Cathedral of Compostela and it is what attracted so many people. The saint's shrine was believed to be a healing shrine for all sorts of problems. The religious relics that the Cathedral contained held a special power for the pilgrims by curing them of their problems. The pilgrims used the road to Santiago as a test of their faith and love for God....   [tags: Religion]

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The Power of Durham Cathedral

- The Power of Durham Cathedral Durham was unique. Not only did its Bishop have all the powers of a Bishop, also bestowed upon him where the powers of a king; therefore he was called the prince bishop. Only four other palantines had this right but none were open to a cleric. The Arms of the See of Durham displays a Bishops miter within a Kings coronet; it was a great privilege to have this right. The palantine of the Prince Bishop was enormous, from the Scottish borders to Hull....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Summary of Raymond Carver's Cathedral

- In Raymond Carver’s story, “Cathedral,” the story tells of how a close outside relationship can threaten a marriage by provoking insecurities, aggravating communication barriers, and creating feelings of invasion of privacy. The husband in the story is given the gift of seeing the cathedral through a blind man’s eyes. Although the title suggests that the story is about a cathedral, it is really about two men who come together and share a vision and realize it is he who is blind. As the story begins, the character of the husband has a negative personality....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Raymond Carver with Cathedral and John Updike with A&P

- Raymond Carver with “Cathedral” and John Updike with “A&P” “Cathedral” and A&P both short stories written during the same century. But even though they both introduce stereotypical characters that somehow change their view of the world, they have many more different aspects. The stories differ in atmosphere and the quantity of people involve in each story. The story “Cathedral” only took place in a family house with only the husband, wife who can be qualified as a static character tried to kill herself in the past, and finally the blind man....   [tags: Stories, Literary Analysis, Comparisons]

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Report on the Art and Architecture of the Cathedral of St. Stephen in Australia

- 1.0 Introduction The purpose of this report is to outline the art and architecture of the Cathedral of St. Stephen and compare it to other churches around the world. It is also designed to analyse the aspects of St. Stephen’s architecture and its attempts to capture some of the unique experiences of people in Australia. Also analysed was how a Catholic community can impact the identity of its parishioner as well as the importance of belonging to a Catholic parish. The report finally concludes by looking at different universal understandings on the meaning what is a church....   [tags: Churches, Australian]

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Literary Devices in "Murder in the Cathedral"

- T.S Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral is well a respected drama composed of the life elements of faith, revenge, and the never-ending struggle for power. Two men, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Beckett, and King Henry II of England, display this ostentatious struggle for power. This dispute over ruling authority between the Church and the state is indicative of a main theme in Murder in the Cathedra, man versus god. Thomas Beckett serves as the representation of the power of God whereas King Henry II and his advisors serve as the governmental representations, or the power of man....   [tags: European Literature]

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Cathedral

- Cathedral The story is about a blind man who visits a married couple. He is an old friend of the wife, but the husband does not look forward to see the blind man (called Robert) because he does not know what to expect. He has never known any blind persons and his picture of these is based on a very little foundation. He has a lot of prejudices against Robert, but during his visit he changes his opinion about him. While watching TV together they get each other to know better and the husband finds out that he actually likes his company....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Cathedral

- When most people think of blind people, they tend to picture a person with dark sunglasses, a seeing eye dog, and a walking stick. These are stereotypes and obviously do not remain true in the case of all blind people. In Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral," the main character is jealous and judgmental of his wife’s friend who happens to be a blind man. It is the combination of these attitudes that leads to his own unique “blindness." It is through this initial blindness, that the character gains his greatest vision....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis Of Cathedral, By Sonny 's Blues, And Say Yes

- If there is a fascinating thing about human beings, it is how we are capable of loving, hatred and making rational decisions. Those characteristics set us apart from animals and have led people to believe that we are greater than what we truly are. Trusting in our discernment of how things should be and having that superiority complex, we tend to absolutize our opinions about a certain matter, with no proven evidence which is the worst of all. About this topic E. B. White said: “Prejudice is a great time saver....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Sibling, Stereotype]

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Cathedral

- Cathedral “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me” (99) the narrator tells us in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral. An old friend of the narrator’s wife, Robert, is coming to visit them at their home. The narrator is not at all pleased with this situation and lets us know it from the beginning. Throughout the story, the narrator begins to see the blind man in a different light and his mind-set begins to change to admiration. The narrator seems to be somewhat jealous at first of the relationship between his wife and their visitor....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Whispering Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral in London

- “A whispering gallery is a gallery beneath a dome or vault or enclosed in a circular or elliptical area in which whispers can be heard clearly in other parts of the building." St Paul’s Cathedral is the Anglican Cathedral on Ludgate Hill, in the City of London and dates from the 17th century. The Whispering Gallery’s name comes from the fact that a whisper whispered by a person facing the wall on one side, can clearly be heard by a listener with an ear held at any other point to the wall around the gallery....   [tags: architecture]

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The Blitz and St Paul's Cathedral

- The Blitz and St Paul's Cathedral When the Blitz began over Britain in the fall of 1940, Londoners were frightened and unsure of what the Nazis had in store for them. However, their uneasy emotions would later change into feelings of nationalistic pride and perseverance, as London became a city full of active resistors to the Nazi forces. This change would be prompted from a variety of sources, including Winston Churchill, the media, as well as the emergence of inspirational symbols. St. Paul's Cathedral is undoubtedly the most powerful of these symbols, becoming a timeless image associated with the Blitz, encapsulating sentiments of hope and courage....   [tags: England Religion Papers]

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The Medieval Gothic Cathedral

- The Medieval Gothic Cathedral The medieval Gothic cathedral was in many ways a civic building as well as a religious one. This particularly was the case with the famous cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres (Our Lady of Chartres) in the town of the same name, 80km south-east of Paris, built in the 13th century. Chartres cathedral was planned not only as a place of worship, but also developed as the centre of the town's economy and way of life, as the place that housed the relic of the cloak of the Virgin Mary....   [tags: European History Architecture Essays]

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Cathedral

- The protagonist in “Cathedral,” Bub, is a man who has several defining characteristics. Bub is insecure, insensitive, and ignorant. This is clearly shown in Bub’s relationships with his wife and Robert. Bub’s insecurities are blatantly shown when he comments on his wife’s ex-husband: Her officer-why should be have a name. He was her childhood sweetheart, and what more does he want. Bub resents the ex-husband for being his wife’s first love. He would have liked to have had that role so he negatively addresses his wife’s past relationships....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Literary Devices in Carver's Cathedral

- Upon reading Raymond Carver's short story of the Cathedral one will notice the literary devices used in the short story. When analyzing the story completely, one then understands the themes, motifs, metaphors, and the overall point of the piece. This leaves the reader with an appreciation of the story and a feeling of complete satisfaction. Carver tells the story in first person of a narrator married to his wife. Problems occur when she wants a friend of hers, an old blind man, to visit for a while because his wife has died....   [tags: Raymond Carver, irony]

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Blindness in Raymond Carver's Cathedral

- Blindness in Raymond Carver's Cathedral Blindness creates a world of obscurity only to be overcome with guidance from someone willing to become intimate with the blind. Equally true, the perceptions of blindness can only be overcome when the blind allow intimacy with the sighted. Raymond Carver, with his short story Cathedral, illustrates this point through the eyes of a man who will be spending an evening with a blind man, Robert, for the first time. Not only does this man not know Robert, but his being blind, "bothered" (Carver 98) him....   [tags: Papers]

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Martin Luther And The Church On The Doors Of Wittenberg Cathedral

- Throughout the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church was undergoing much criticism and disappointment. Many citizens of Europe were starting to lose their faith and respect in the church. A man named Martin Luther formed a group of people that believed that the Church had drifted far from its original teachings. They also believed that the Church was turning into a money hungry community. The Church and its officials had started to participate in activities that were not in agreement with the Church’s original teachings....   [tags: Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther]

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