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Help me show how Robert in Carver's "cathedral", though an unlikely teacher, is able to teach a profound lesson.

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 23, 2010 at 8:13 AM (Answer #2)

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Robert "teaches" in a subtle and implicit manner. He does dictate or lecture the narrator in any way. Although Robert likely sense the narrator's rather aloof and self-involved personality, he makes no attempt to address the issue directly. Instead he approaches the situation through his own needs and experiences, asking the narrator to help him--and thereby help himself--rather than attempting to correct the narrator explicitly.

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