Cathedral

Length: 348 words

Jonathon Bilancia
English 102
Friedman
Metamorphosis vs. Cathedral
Both Metamorphosis by Raymond Carver and Cathedral show a change in their characters as the story progress. The two characters that show the most change were Grete from metamorphosis and the narrator from cathedral. At the beginning of the story they had a certain mindset on how they viewed life, and it seemed they would remaining that certain mindset for an indefinite period of time. But because of the events that occur in the story they show a metamorphosis, and by the end of the story they grow out of their shell, and are much different. Grete at the beginning of her story is showed to be the frail younger sister of Gregor. She stays home, and helps with household chores, she does not take on many adult like responsibilities. She is trapped in her little world created by her family. Much like Grete, the narrator in Cathedral is trapped in his own world, but unlike Grete, he has placed himself there. He is has a narrow mindset, and does not view life from different point of views. Both characters are living in their own shells, but by the end of their stories

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have completed a metamorphosis, changing paths of life.
Grete is a very important character in Franz Kafka’s metamorphosis, other than Gregor she is the only one who is named. During the story she is the only character that seems to care for Gregor, but soon begins to resent him. She brings Gregor food, cleans up after him, makes his living conditions a more comfortable, and is his real tie to humanity. As the story progresses, she begins to grow more and more into a women. She begins to help her family with the financial burden, and makes taking care of Gregor her duty, not letting others near him. As the story progresses, Grete’s growing begins to help Gregor’s living conditions. As stated in Kafka’s Metamorphosis, “The sister played so beautifully. Her face was tilted to one side and she followed the notes with soulful and probing…

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