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In lines 117-124 in Raymond Carvers Cathedral Robert and Bub are drawing a cathedral This passage is found at the end of the story and it details Bubs spiritual revelation Bubs salvation and ascension comes through the interaction with Robert while drawing the cathedral This is an enlightening experience for Bub Robert is a man of great insight and helps guide Bub towards a spiritual nature of life The drawing of the cathedral transcends the physical act of drawing to a spiritual awakening and a deeper understanding of activity identity and communication In line 121 Bub says he is no artist but keeps drawing just the same Bub usually drinks smokes dope and watches TV He is not a man of the arts and is not used to drawing When Bub and Robert draw together the human interaction that is involved brings Bub great joy The activity of drawing allows for physical contact through human interaction and emotional contact through communication Also Carver might be using this medium of expression drawing to show how Bub is being drawn or pulled up and out of his stagnant life When Bub begins to draw the first thing he draws is a box Bub says the box could be his house Drawing a box first is a non-verbal Freudian Slip The box represents the confined aspect of his own life and the barriers he draws around himself Robert penetrates these barriers He does so by making Bub feel good about himself Bub lacks self identity Hes continually criticizing others so he can be seen as a better person and feel some personal worth Robert consistently complements and flatters Bub This makes Bub feel comfortable and it creates a positive self image within himself The more they draw the more Robert encourages The more Robert encourages the more Bub realizes his identity and the more Bub realizes his identity the more detailed and elaborate the drawing becomes This development
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