Presentation of Love in Sleep by Murakami and Cathedral by Carver

The use of different narrative perspectives and techniques explain these two family stories in depth engaging readers and making them sympathetic towards characters in these stories.
Carver’s Cathedral written in 1983 is considered to be the best story of the writer. The plot of the short story is unusual. a blind man visits a family of his female friend after the death of his wife. The story is narrated by the husband whose name is not mentioned in the story. His wife looks very happy when she expects Robert to come. the narrator does not understand her feelings because he is disturbed by the blindness of their guest. At the same time, the narrator is blind to feelings of his own wife. Their married life is already dull. they exchange only some short phrases where the wife expresses her dissatisfaction and the husband does not care, “If you love me," she said, "you can do this for me. If you don’t love me, okay. But if you had a friend, any friend, and the friend came to visit, Id make him feel comfortable”. Carver resorts to existential in his narration. He addresses such dilemmas as freedom and marriage, looking and seeing, living and existing. He describes only actions and does not represent any feelings directly telling about them. Readers are supposed to see them between the lines.
Form the narrator’s point of view, the friendship between Robert and his wife is weird. They record audio tapes and send them to each other telling stories of their lives to each other. They treat each other with warm and carrying attitude trying to make everything possible to make each other happy and comfortable. The narrator is surprised to see how cheerfully his wife smiles when she meets Robert. In his eyes, Robert is a man who cannot experience love because he is blind.