Carver highlights the narrator’s prejudice in the opening section of the story in order to reveal how the narrator’s bias against blind people in general leads to a preconceived negative opinion on Robert. From the outset, the narrator acknowledges his prejudice by mentioning that his “idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed” (Carver, 1). The narrator’s negative prejudice is not caused by knowing a blind man; rather, it is derived from an external factor, demonstrating how the narrator has formulated an opinion on people he has never met. Consequently, the narrator assumes that Robert will conform to the negative stereotype present in his mind, and is unpleased about Robert’s visit.
“I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And being blind bothered me” (104) The narrator has no knowledge of experiencing seeing a blind person. “My idea of blindness came from the movies” (104). With this, readers could sense that the narrator is jealous, grouchy, and angry that Robert’s presence affects the narrator’s wife because of the connection between both the wife and Robert.
After allowing the blind man into his home he realized people can be wrong about their images of one another. A handicap can teach you a lot about true love. It was certain that the husband loved his wife. The husband was willing to do whatever he needed to, and make her happy. He did not know how to act around someone with a handicap such as a blind person.
After, reading the story the reader can interpret that the truly blind person was the narrator himself. When the narrator finally puts his insecurities aside he actually starts to communicate with Robert the blind man. The story “Cathedral” shows various scenes of prejudgment, jealously, and indifference between the narrator and Robert. The story showed me that sometimes people shouldn’t judge by the exterior of people because in the interior they might have much more riches than
Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, Raymond Carver use point of view effectively and demonstrates symbolism. The story begins with the blind man. He is visiting an old friend and her husband after his wife recently died. The story is told from the husband’s point of view. The story being told from the husband’s point of view is important.
Symbolic Blindness Sometimes insecurities cause people to judge others or criticize based on assumptions and not see things as they truly are. In the short story “Cathedral” the author Raymond Carver describes a narrator that is sarcastic and critical of his wife’s blind friend that is coming for a visit. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes opens up a whole new way of looking at things. The narrator is not very open to meeting his wife’s friend Robert because he has never known or be around anyone blind before. He states his “idea of blindness came from the movies”.
“Maybe I could take him bowling” was a comment made by the narrator after finding out that the blind man was staying over his house. From that moment, the narrator show his true side to me. It shows that he doesn’t not care about his wife feeling toward the blind man. After carefully reading “cathedral”, the narrator is jealous of the blind man relationship with his
It’s fun out in the country. You hit rabbits, sometimes you hit dogs” (13-64). This quote shows two effects which are consequences of large amounts of technology: depression and an inability to feel various emotions, including compassion. Since Mildred took so many sleeping pills shows, the reader can infer that she was depressed and was not happy, as the government wanted her to be. Additionally, throughout the book, Bradbury suggests to the reader in different ways that Mildred is antisocial, since she spends most of her time in front of the parlor walls or with her Seashell radios.
As the townspeople avoided Mr. Hooper, they failed to get to know the story behind the veil. If the townspeople were to talk to him and try to better understand his story they would see the veil as symbol of his pride,but also a representation of isolation ( Montbriand 213). The way the characters in the story handled the situation is similar to how people in real life act. The character traits in the short story support the idea that people should not judge someone without knowing their
Later in the book, Pi explains another story to the Japanese because they would not believe his story, which shows that temporal people views the world in a monotonous way and they choose to live a life of uncertainty and doubt, without any tale to guide them. Yann Martel gives the readers a democratic choice, which one is the better story? The one with humans tells us the evil nature of man and is what people want it to be: "dry, yeastless factuality"(336). Even though the story with the animals does not seem accurate, but it gives Pi hope in desperate times. The choice, one of the reasons Life of Pi appeals to secular readers; it gives "the desire to believe rather that the belief itself(Ishmael).” When Pi reaches the depths of his despair, the only thing he could do was to escape the physical reality of hopeless endurance on the lifeboat, and so he soars into the realm of imagination.