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What We Need to Talk About when We Talk About Love Discussion

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Raymond Carver

1. How would you characterize the relationship between Nick and Laura?



2. How would you characterize the relationship between Mel and Terri?



3. Why does Mel what to be a knight?



4. What’s the significance of the story Mel tells about the old couple in the hospital?



5. How is Carver’s story optimistic about love? How is it pessimistic about love?


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“Cathedral”

Raymond Carver



  1. How does the narrator feel about the blind man at the beginning of the story? Why do you think the narrator feels this way?



  1. How do the narrator’s feelings toward the blind mind change by the end of the story? Why do you think the narrator’s feelings change?



  1. In the last lines of the story the narrator states:

My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But I didn’t feel like I was inside anything.

“It’s really something,” I said.

How do you interpret this ending to the story? What does the narrator mean that he didn’t feel like he was inside anything?



  1. How might blindness act as a metaphor in Carver’s story?


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The relationship between Nick and Laura is steady and not complicated. Although the two
are newlyweds, they have a drama-free relationship, and they are genuinely in love (Carver,
2020). At some point, Nick points out that in addition to being in love, he and Laura do enjoy
each other’s company. The holding of hands is evidence of the love that the two couples do
share.
For Mel and Terri, their relationship seems to be vague. Indeed, theirs is a kind of tough
lo...

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