Theme of Insecurity in Cathedral by Raymond Carver Analysis


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4-6 pages—

12 point font, double spaced,

MLA format, basic margins,

Must analyze work(s) from the syllabus Must cite from 1 outside sources

For your analysis essay, you will look closely at one or two of the works studied this semester.When analyzing a work, you must find an important idea/theme/concept/purpose in the work and prove the importance and relevance of this idea within the work and using outside sources (at least 1).To begin, you must first decide what you are going to analyze or argue.Consider different aspects of the writing that interest you.The bulk of your paper will defend your idea/interpretation, looking closely at different parts of the work that aided in your overall understanding of the work.I suggest you look at the foundation of the work and its author for help with your argument.Feel free to use the “Literary Criticisms” to help you come up with an idea to write about.They are listed after the proposal info.

Look closely at both the form and the content of the work, noting how the author has shaped his/her ideas using many different elements, like language, symbolism, or even setting.Remember that there is more than one angle a work may be taking; however, when writing your paper, you should only focus on ONE main idea.To assist you with selecting an idea, here are some thoughts:

  • Compare two characters who represent a common idea or trait (from two different works),
  • Compare two works and how they both discuss the same topic, such as identity or death.
  • Look at two works by the same author and discuss one topic or idea and its theme/lesson.
  • Connect the author’s background to a theme in one work,
  • Connect the author’s time period to a them in one work,

Here is an example of a basic argument that needs some more fine-tuning:

Thesis:In “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe shows how death is all-consuming and will haunt a person forever.Poe knew firsthand how death could affect a person, especially after the loss of many important women in his life, including his wife, Virginia.Throughout “The Raven,” Poe shows his readers just how horrible, unfair, and palpable death was for him and can be for others.

Body:The body of my paper would include examples, quotes, and evidence to support my thesis or MEANING of the work.I would focus on ONLY this one main idea and not consider other purposes or themes from the story.I would use at least two of his other works to argue that this theme is prevalent and important to his works/life.

Conclusion:I would end the paper with confidence, having successfully convinced my reader that this was one of Poe’s goals or objectives when writing his poem.

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The theme of Insecurity in "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver
“Cathedral” by Raymond Carver is regarded as one of his best writings, which probably
made him experience professional progress and recognition in his writing career. Even though
this story ends in a positive note as compared to his other short stories, it’s full of components
characteristic to Raymond Carver. The author appears confident that the story is unlike his
previous works. Arguably, Raymond Carver uses the theme of insecurity to show how insecurity
can bring forth a dysfunctional family. Carver understands firsthand the effects of a
dysfunctional family and uses the narrator to show how insecure people can be in their intimate
relationship. It could be possible that the narrator is a perfect embodiment of Carver’s insecurity
in his life. Most significantly, this is understandable since Carver grew up in a dysfunctional
family. In addition, the author seems to believe that nothing good in life can ever last, probably
because his own family broke up when he was young.
Primarily, the author was raised in Clatskanie, Oregon in a broken family. He spent a
greater part of his early life struggling to support his family. Carver began earning for himself
and his family at the age of 18. He practically did everything he could in order to provide for his
loved ones. However,...

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