To Room Nineteen delivers about failure in intelligence from the first person narration. The sensibility increases as the story progresses. There are several tools of psychological realism applied in the story. The similarity is that Cathedral makes use of first person narrator to highlight the bizarre things of transcendent moments (Spark Notes 1-4). The story Cathedral takes the story initially in a smooth way but then it involves defensive interruptions. Similarly, the beginning of To Room Nineteen involves mechanical creatures but then plunges deep into the psyche of Susan and explains more about the situation.
Doris Lessing of To Room Nineteen gives a sad ending in his narration which remains for a longer time in the minds of readers (Enotes 1-3). The realistic responses of Susan towards watching mirror and jumping to the garden show her frightened situation and death calls. Likewise, Raymond Carver brings out the happiness at the end which can remain inspirational to anyone.
The next similarity is the psychological association theme. Both denote the psychological statuses and emotions of individuals / main characters of the story. In the story of Cathedral, the first person narrator is highly effective as he brings his bewilderment when Robert attempts to draw the image of Cathedral in closed eyes (Spark Notes 8-20). There are many questions raised by the narrator at this point that are natural to any person. One such example is narrator’s jealous insecurity. The narrative is very interesting though he is not an experienced one.
On the other hand, To Room Nineteen reveals the case of Susan who visualizes the state of demon and has this kind of irritation and emptiness in her thoughts. It clearly shows the reflection of her but at the same time, she is scared about the demon and this is a natural reaction (Enotes 6-22). It ends in a sad story whereas Cathedral ends with a happy note. This is the only difference.
The similarity is that both the stories support limited characters. The authors have been very cautious about the purposefulness of every character and the impacts that the character can create to the reader. The difference is the nature of character. For instance, Susan in Room Nineteen story is a normal girl who finds some psychological disturbances (Enotes 6-22). The choice of color is effective to demonstrate the extremes in the world of Susan. On the other hand, Robert in Cathedral has a visual impairment and then achieves greater heights with the help of confidence and motivation.
The thesis statement explains about the psychological impacts and reactions to the incidents faced throughout the story. The choice of categories is meant to clarify the similarities and differences between the stories and understand the overall reaction of the characters. As the narration, theme and characters are chosen as the categories, it is feasible to observe the reactions at specific instances and contrast between them.
The key reason for the comparison/ contrast is to bring out the realistic activities of people when exposed to certain situations. Both the authors have some similarities and differences in their thoughts and deployment of the same. The comparison helps to understand the choice of literary devices, flow and the delivery of words to convey their points of view. Both of them are from first person narration but they greatly differed in the impacts on readers.