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What is the main theme of "Cathedral"?

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lxhelili | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted November 17, 2008 at 2:51 AM via web

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What is the main theme of "Cathedral"?

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 17, 2008 at 5:16 AM (Answer #1)

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The short story "Cathedral" has several main ideas or themes. One theme in the story is the effects of loneliness and isolation on the individual. The characters in the story feel alone and cut off from others. This leads to a desperate depression.

Another theme of the story is that of the trans-formative power of art. Poetry helps the narrator to work through her isolation and change.

A third theme, directly tied to the other two, is the power of the human imagination. This power is what allows the narrator to change her life of isolation and misery. 

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deann1 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:00 AM (Answer #2)

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what did you learn about the human impulse to create in the Cathedral story?

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deann1 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:04 AM (Answer #3)

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Give two examples that influenced this theme I dwell in Possibility and Sound and Sense

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