What is the main theme of "Cathedral"?



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

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

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