Theme

The main theme explored by Richard Christian Matheson in the short story “Making Cabinets” is trauma. The story looks at the psychological impact of trauma and the inability to escape from haunting memories. It does this by focusing on the aftermath of a horrific discovery made by the main character, who forced open the basement door to find her husband torturing his victims and using their body parts to cook meals.

The traumatic discovery affects the woman both physically and mentally. Physically, she is thin and translucent, with bones visible through her skin. The waitress at the restaurant notices that the woman is dangerously losing weight by the day, and reminds her that it is important to eat. Mentally, the horrific discovery triggers...

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