Can somebody please give me a thesis sentence for my essay on "Cathedral"?Hello! So I am working on an essay for "Cathedral." I am doing it on how symbols are used to show the epiphany of the...

Can somebody please give me a thesis sentence for my essay on "Cathedral"?

Hello! So I am working on an essay for "Cathedral." I am doing it on how symbols are used to show the epiphany of the narrator. Can someone please help me with a thesis scentence?

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If I were you, I would want to be focusing on the key symbol of the cathedral in this excellent short story, and how it seems to symbolise an enlarging of vision or a growth of experience. After all, it is the attempt of the narrator to draw the cathedral so that Robert can see it that triggers off his epiphany about sight and blindness, and therfore it is an incredibly important symbol for the short story and for your question.

Let us just remind ourselves of the way that the narrator first describes the cathedral verbally to Robert when asked what a cathedral is:

To begin with, they're very tall... They reach way up. Up and up. towards the sky. They're so big, some of them, they have to have these supports. To help hold them up, so to speak. These supports are called buttresses...

One of the key characteristics of cathedrals is their immense size and how they tower above humans, making them realise just how small they are. In a sense, this sense of awe part of the epiphany that the narrator experiences at the end of the story. A thesis statement you could use would therefore be:

In "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, the symbol of the cathedral is the prime reason for the epiphany that the narrator experiences.

This thesis statement would allow you to discuss the symbolism of the cathedral before going on to relate it to the epiphany at the end of the story. Hope it helps and good luck!

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