Now the wife is asleep at this point, so the narrator is truly doing this out of kindness. After a while, the narrator realizes that the blind man cannot see the television. At this moment, he decides to describe the cathedral on the television (94). Thus, he is striving to aid the blind man to comprehend what he sees. The smoking and television discussion sparks a change in the narrator; however, this change progresses once he holds the blind man’s
The narrator disliked the idea of the blind man Robert coming over to his house. At the beginning of the story, he is being sarcastic about Robert because he is blind. As the story progresses the narrator begins to enjoy Robert’s company. Finally, at the end of the story he learns something from the experience with Robert. Through the narrator’s character, Raymond Carver is suggesting that an individual should always keep an open mind because one can learn something from an experience even when unexpected.
In the beginning, both characters are content with life, until changes take place. Bub is happy with his wife, but feels a pit of jealousy as Robert, her blind penpal, visits. Because of his own ignorance, he is oblivious towards Robert. “A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (Carver, 1). He didn’t want to meet Robert.
Robert asked the narrator to describe it, but he could not. So Robert asked him draw the picture of “Cathredral” out, and as the narrator drew it out and Robert follews along with the narrator's hand. Robert graps what a cathedral looks like, while the narrator begins to understand, how life must be like as a blind person. In the last paragraph, the narrator was “awakening” by an epiphany and began to draw the picture. “His fingers rode my fingers as my hand went over the paper.
In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” he writes a story about a husband's journey to his epiphany. Robert, a blind man, teaches the husband how to see without his eyes. Often a person with the ability to see takes this for granted, leaving them only to see what is on the outside rather than seeing people, and things for what they really are. In this short story, Carver conveys the narrators epiphany through the symbol of the cathedral. Carver develops a story with symbolism throughout his story, beginning with the first line, “This blind man, an old friend of my wife’s he was on his way to spend the night.
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. One evening the narrator is asked by Robert to try and explain the cathedrals to Robert, it shocks him. He wonders
Literal blindness can be seen in “Cathedral” as Robert was introduced to the narrator. Although he was blind, Robert was a sympathetic man who was insightful. He also demonstrates wisdom and friendliness. This characterization is important, because ironically, the narrator himself was figuratively blind. His blindness was caused by ignorance, prejudice, and social awkwardness.
Additionally Huck recollects how Jim calls him “honey, and pet [him]” (pg 194) as a way of comforting him. Essentially, Huck is missing his companion because of all the memorable times they have together. The flashbacks evoke Huck’s vulnerability because he is left to determine whether he should turn Jim to Miss Watson. Although he cannot seem to do this because Jim gives him comfort and friendship. The stereotypes of men include that they need to be level-headed and strong in order to be seen as manly.
Blanche's constant dependency on men and her infatuation with Shep Huntleigh makes one question if her so called savoir is real or imaginary. Blanche's "[dependency] on the kindness of strangers"(178). is due to her belief that they are kind for helping her "fill the void in her empty heart" (146). after her husbands' death. She is so deluded from the fact that all her encounters with the people she calls kind strangers, were instances where they have taken advantage of her.
His lack of empathy towards her allowed him to do the logical and sensible action on what to do for Blanche. Blanche has attempted many men to feel empathetic for her; two of these men are Mitch and Stanley. Mitch, who is greatly in love with her, becomes empathetic for her when he learns about her sad history. His resilience is weak when he learns about the rest of her story. Then there is Stanley, whom doesn’t care for