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What is Carver's minimalist style in "Cathedral"?

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Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" (1981) is written in a minimalistic style. The short story illustrates the minimalistic idea of "less is more": the idea that less complicated things are typically more effective than more complicated things. Carver's story provides a straightforward plot which most readers do not find difficult to understand.

Carver also uses simplistic and realistic language so as not to complicate the story or the characters. The narrator, his wife, and the blind man all lack complex characterization. The characters are easily characterized, seemingly static (i.e., they do not undergo massive changes, although they do seem to undergo some small changes), and tend to be rather flat (i.e., not distinctly or complexly described).

While the story defines the importance of respecting alternative perspectives, the perspectives themselves are simplistic (as they revolve around the image of a cathedral). The story is easy to follow, and readers do not need elaborate analysis tools...

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