Narrator and point of view

The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver is a first-person narration, conveyed solely from the narrator’s point of view.

The narrator, who is a character in the short story, presents Robert’s visit, his relationship with his wife and his wife’s past from his subjective perspective: “They talked of things that had happened to them—to them!—these past ten years. I waited in vain to hear my name on my wife’s sweet lips: ‘And then my dear husband came into my life’...”

The narrator’s malicious comments about Robert or his wife’s former husband makes his reliability questionable. This means that we cannot take it for granted that his observations are objective; instead, it seems like the narrator is projecting his frustrations on the characters: “Her officer—why should he have a name? he was the childhood sweetheart, and what more does he want?”; “She and I began going out, and of course sh...

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