Are there any similarities in theme between "Cathedral" and "Hills Like White Elephants"?

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Alienation is a theme in both Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" and Raymond Carver's "Cathedral." In Hemingway's story, the man and the girl have evidently been unhappy together for some time and have grown apart, to the extent that he no longer listens to her and she longs for him to stop talking. This is understandable, since he uses his words to manipulate her into doing what he wants, rather than expressing any feelings or even trying to have a genuine conversation. As is so often the case with Hemingway's characters, these two people are drifters, traveling round the world, trying new drinks and looking at things, rarely forming any meaningful bonds with each other or anyone else.

The first person narrator of "Cathedral" admits his ignorance, his prejudices, and even his insensitivity. He knows that his views on blind people, for instance, come from the movies, and he is aware that he is being unreasonable when he argues with his wife about playing host to her blind...

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