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, while The Laramie Project had the least impact because many people expressed mere opinions out of pity, but they did not profoundly change as individuals and as a society in any way.
These works are similar because they point out the imperfections of people through dramatic irony. The people of Laramie are unaware of their social problems. Many of them think that Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney are like bad apples. They assert that Laramie does not grow people who hate gays, especially when they think that they live in a society where they live and let live. The narrator of “Cathedral” does not see anything wrong with his beliefs and attitudes too. He asked his wife if Robert’s wife is a “Negro” (Carver 12), and when his wife gets angry, he says that he is “just asking” (Carver 14). The indifference to his racism becomes a source of irony in the story. Despite the prevailing ignorance of the characters, the audience understands the difference between what the people say and what they actually feel. The narrator of “Cathedral,” for instance, does not initially recognize that he has an unsatisfying life. His conversation with Robert, however, reveals his life’s frustrations: “Did I like my work? (I didnt.) Was I going to stay with it? (What were the options?)” (Carver 45). He knows nothing about his life, but the audience understands that he has an empty life. As for the film, the Laramie townspeople keep on saying that they are the kind of community who lives and let live. Yet, Marge Murray (Frances Sternhagen) finds it acceptable that people “poke” or “smack” gays on the face (The Laramie Project). The audience recognizes that the people do not know who they are at all. The story and film expose the disparity between self-perceptions and reality.
Apart from the exploration of imperfections through dramatic irony, “Cathedral” and Laramie Project explore the same theme of prejudice and discrimination, but the former
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At first glance, it appears to be the confident, successful Dee who is true to her African-American heritage. However, it soon becomes evident that it is the unassuming Maggie who actually cherishes her heritage. In Everyday Use, Walker asserts that heritage lives on only when it is a part of everyday life.
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Throughout the progress of the story, Carver has attempted to divulge the root of modern man’s problems such as loneliness and interpersonal communication failure through the symbolical use of blindness. In the story “Cathedral”, eyesight as well as blindness has played a significant role to work out the theme social alienation engendered by communication gap.
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Robert was invited by the narrator’s wife to pay them a visit after long period of communication such as through mailing of tapes. The wife recalls one time when Robert sensitively ran his hands all over her face, an issue which
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The narrator had an issue
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In this paper, the themes of “hate the sin, but love the sinner” and “live and let live” will be explored by examining the history and meaning with the current debate concerning the lifestyle of gay individuals in the US. Religion has played a significant role in Laramie and is considered to be a major contributing factor in what happened to him.