Sometimes in life, people will have to deal with other people that are judgmental and listen to stereo types when they know nothing about the person. In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, there are some examples of stereotyping. This story is about a woman who has a good friend of hers and he is blind. The blind man, whose wife had just recently died and was traveling to go visit his family, was stopping at the women’s house overnight. The blind man and the narrator’s wife knew each other.
In fact, during their conversation during dinner time, he tries to comment on the discussion, but only ends up in embarrassing himself and his wife in the process. Than there is also the fact that he pities what he does not understand. For example, his notion of Richard’s wife leads him to believe she was sorrowful in death. Within the text, the Narrator was thinking, “I’m imagining now—her last thought maybe this: that he never even knew
"My idea of blindness came from the movies… A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (261), a quote by Raymond Carver in his short story, “The Cathedral” about being judged before getting to know someone. A blind man, named Robert, got judged by the narrator, also known as Bub because he based Robert on the idea media placed on the blind during their time. The theme of this story does not always believe stereotypes are the way people truly are. The theme speaks to me because my younger brother, Andrew, has autism and he is constantly being judged and criticized for his behavior. Autism is a mental condition that causes difficulty in communicating and forming relationships, but a lot of people do not realize the signs, therefore, it is easy to criticize.
The raven’s journey from the hellish Plutonian Shore is a reflection of the Narrator's own struggle to get through the passing of Lenore. The narrator has lost his one true love, Lenore, that much is evident. We do not know much about her, but the memory of her passing has deeply affected him. There was no hope for him, and he would do anything to take his mind off his loneliness. His time spent in reading at night describes denial toward his loss, trying to pretend it didn't happen by losing himself in “...quaint and curious volume[s] of forgotten lore”(Line 2).
In the beginning of the story “Cathedral”, the narrator has a negative attitude towards Robert. He refers to him as ‘the blind man’ for a majority of the story. The narrator seems jealous of his wife’s friendliness when she offers Robert to stay at their house after his wife dies of cancer. Robert finally arrives to their house one evening and the narrator begins to ask him questions like “Which side of the train did you sit on by the way?” thinking the blind man wouldn’t know. He makes several comments like this throughout the story, but drawing the Cathedral with ‘the blind man’ becomes a life changing experience for the narrator.
In the beginning of the story, he was harsh and unloving towards his wife’s blind friend, although by the end he was compassionate and sympathetic to the blind man. At the beginning of “The Cathedral” the narrator is deemed as a non-loving, bad-mannered, and insensitive man, although one evening spent with the blind man
In the novel “Cathedral” By Raymond Carver, many themes and motifs are subtlety hinted throughout, a major motif that stood out to me was the presence of sight throughout the story and what deeper meaning it has towards the characters. “Cathedral” is a short story about a dissatisfied man who timidly allows his wife’s old friend stay at their house after his wife passes away. The man’s name is Robert and he happens to be blind this unsettles the narrator because of his preconceived notions and expectations of what a blind person should be like. As the story goes on the reader realizes that maybe the narrator may be the one who actually cannot see the world around him, which leads to an Epiphany. Blindness is a dominant motif in this story, and it serves multiple metaphorical functions.
Psychoanalytic reading of The Yellow Wallpaper In Charlotte Gilman's short story The Yellow Wallpaper, the speaker seems to be suffering from postpartum depression or "temporary nervous depression." (648). Accordingly, her husband makes the decision for her and takes her to a country house because he believes that it would be good for her. The narrator is not allowed to take care of her own child as she was imprisoned in her room where she should do nothing but "rest." In her childhood, the unnamed narrator has had a wild imagination which still haunts her: she admits "I do not sleep," and as a result she becomes restless.(653).
Envy and Jealousy The narrator the husband in the story Cathedral uses emotion as judgment before getting to know Robert’s wife’s close friend she hasn’t seen him in a while. That was because he didn’t known about the visit she arranged it and planned it. To him it is a blind man a stranger who knows only his wife is coming over for the night. Not the recipe for the good night that is since there are those who aren’t pleased with strangers coming over. Especially if that stranger is known by the spouse things go downhill when Robert reveals more.
The main character or narrator in the Cathedral was not only jealous of the relationship between his wife and her friend (the blind man); moreover, he had not seen him in person and did not appreciate the idea that he was actually spending the night at their house. However, after the narrator’s encounter with Robert, he perceives that he was not what he expected him to be; instead, he was gentle and friendly. On the other hand, the main character or narrator in everyday use was outspoken and straightforward, explaining about her surroundings and what had transpired in her life. From harsh labor to the different circumstances, she had faced in her lifetime; she also talks about her daughters who had different personalities. Imagery/symbol The imagery and symbolism in the Cathedral shows a transformation in the life of the narrator, who perceived the blind man has a threat to him, later learn the significance of humanity through the kindness and caring gestures of the blind man.
Next, Salinger unfolds how Holden allows his depression to impact his actions in The Catcher in the Rye. For example, Holden’s depression influences him to not call Jane. Multiple times in the story Holden thinks about calling Jane, but changes his mind at the last second. After Holden has a date with his old friend Sally Hayes that goes horribly wrong he meets up with his friend Carl Luce for a few drinks. After Carl leaves Holden stays until he becomes drunk and decides to give old Jane a buzz, but he states, “ But when I got inside this phone booth, I wasn’t/much in the mood anymore” (Salinger 150).
Why does a street sweeper dare come into here?” (Rand 62) As Equality walked in there he felt very looked down on, and they saw him as nothing important. The council thought they were more important than him. Collectivism was showing in this part by the council thinking they were higher than Equality when he walked into there home. Before he found the Subway underground he used to think that the everybody thought of everybody as the same people except for the council of scholars, who are the smart people of the society and look down upon people who are less superior than them. All in all people do not think of everybody as the same people, some people think they are higher than the person next to
5) The narrator’s descriptions of his co-workers in the custom house reveal that he thought they were lazy and undeserving of the job. This is shown on page 5, “Oftentimes they were asleep, but occasionally might be heard talking together, in voices between speech and a snore.” 6) The conflict the narrator faces because he is tied to a desk job is that it is preventing him from beginning the story, which gets resolve once he gets fired. 7) The device that Hawthorne uses to set up the story of the scarlet letter is that the narrator of “Custom House” found an unusual package that contained some fabric with a faded letter A imprinted on the cloth, with some papers describing the entire story behind the letter. The narrator then used those documents to create the story of Scarlet Letter. 8) The role time plays in moving from the action depicted in the story of the scarlet letter to the time of Custome House to convey the narrator 's thoughts throughout the story, contrasting the different time periods.
In addition to that He cheated on his wife penelope. Penelope is sitting at home in Ithaca worried sick sand just wants her husband home. Little does she know Odysseus has cheated on her. If Penelope would have cheated on him she probably would be killed. Odysseus is not a hero
He thinks of Margo as an event or force in his life — a “miracle” that happens to him — rather than as a person whose existence is separate from his. Margo and Quentin are very different. When they discovered the dead man, it was like an intrusion on Quentin’s innocence, breaking up their play date. However, Margo’s fascination with the body and apparent comfort in the presence of death suggests she is not so childlike as Quentin is himself, or as he remembers her. Quentin had a conversation with his therapist mother, and went to bed the following night after the discovery of the dead man.