In Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," what figurative language does Carver employ? To what effect?

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Figurative language uses words or techniques to communicate more meaning than the literal words themselves.

Carver gives the narrator a down-to-earth voice by having him use slang. An example would be his noting that his wife "sent the tapes off lickety-split." "Lickety-split" is slang for quickly. The term adds color and energy to the statement.

Carver communicates the wife's nervousness when the blind man first arrives by using repetition. She repeats the word sofa as she chatters to the blind man:

This is the sofa. We just bought this sofa two weeks ago.

Near the end of the story, when the blind man says "You’re cooking with gas now" he is using a metaphor , a form of figurative language. A metaphor is a comparison...

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