An Analysis Of Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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Can a person learn something from communicating with someone else? For some people is difficult to make new friends of just talking to a random person. One might find it unnecessary to make new friends. Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” is a story about the narrator, narrator’s wife, and the blind man Robert. The narrator is not happy with Robert coming to stay at his house. Then, Robert comes to his house and they start to get along with each other. Later at night, the narrator and Robert are watching television show about cathedrals. While, they were watching the show Robert tells the narrator to get a piece of paper. Lastly, the narrator and Robert draw a picture of a cathedral together, so Robert can get a better idea of a cathedral. In the…show more content…
When the narrator’s wife was telling the narrator about Robert spending a night at their house, the narrator says that “‘Maybe I could take him bowling’ I said to my wife” (34). The narrator’s sarcasm towards Robert clearly shows he does not want Robert to come over to his house. Also, on the day of Roberts the narrator says that “With nothing to do but wait—sure, I blame him for that—I was having a drink and watching the TV when I heard the car pull into the drive” (35). The narrators thought towards Roberts visit shows that he would rather drink and watch TV. Also, it shows his frustration towards Roberts visit because he knows that there is nothing to do after he…show more content…
For example, after the narrator and Robert finished drawing a picture of a cathedral he says, “But I had my eyes closed. I thought I’d keep them that way for little longer. I thought it was something I ought to do” (42). The narrator’s decisions to keep his eyes shut show that, he is really enjoying the moment with Robert. Also, it means that he is changing his perspective about Robert. Thereafter, Robert asks the narrator to open his eyes look the drawing they created. Then, the narrator says that “My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But I didn’t feel like I was inside anything ‘It’s really something,’ I said” (42). The narrator is deeply invested in the activity that he didn’t even open his eyes because he is opened up to a new learning style. The narrator didn’t open his eyes because he is learning to look at things from different perspective. He has now learned to look at his life form Roberts point of view. He also acknowledges that Robert is a cool
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