“In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by Seeing Eye dogs, a blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to.” This line shows how the narrator has formed his judgements on what he saw in the movies. The wife doesn't like the way the narrator was behaving with the blind man; instead of being friendly he was making jokes of the blind man. Like the narrator, my friend’s grandfather Ronny excuses, he blames others for his drinking, and he keeps on searching out and utilize high measures of liquor daily.
The narrator makes clear his annoyance with the fact that his wife’s friend is blind. He tells us “…his being blind bothered me” (261). He wonders how a woman could love a blind man and how terrible it must have been to not be able to see his own wife with his eyes before she died or that his dead wife’s
In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator describes the night when his wife’s blind friend, Robert, comes to visit. From the very beginning of the story, the husband is not thrilled about the upcoming visit and makes sure to express his disdain in various ways. This is because he does not understand Robert’s disability and how it both has and has not affected his way of life. It is because of this that the husband can be seen as a “blind” man as well.
In my understanding of the story “Cathedral” by the author, Raymond Carver, in the beginning, the protagonist is not keen on the idea of his wife's recently widowed Blind friend, Robert staying the night at their home. The narrator seems to have a negative preconception about blind people, believing that they cannot live an ordinary life because they do not physically see the world as he does. Throughout the story, I think there were clues about how the blind man can see, through the use of his other senses, for example, the way that the blind man could see the narrator's wife was by touching her face, tracing her facial features with his fingers. At dinner, the blind man's sense of smell and touch guided him to eat and drink like everyone
(Carver 32). This comment by the narrator also gives insight to prejudice that he holds. The narrator obliviously has never experienced an encounter with a blind individual and has skewed perceptions of what the blind community is like. Later in the short story, the narrator gives the reader a full idea of his prejudice deposition with the comment “And his being blind bothered me.” (Carver 32).
In the play of “Agamemnon”, the title character is metaphorically blind. He is unable to see that his actions have consequences that will affect him in the future. Due to his actions during the Trojan War, and his actions when he returns home, Agamemnon cannot foresee or prevent his own death. His death in turn causes a chain reaction that affects every major character in the play. Agamemnon’s metaphoric blindness is what led to the downfall of not only himself, but also the downfall of several other
she hadn 't let Howard into it though he was there and needed all along" (Carver, 1983, p. 4). When they realize they are shutting each other out and trying to deal with the pain and fear alone, they try to let each other in. For a short time, the couple supports each other in their suffering, until their precious son draws his final breath. His death leaves the couple dumbfounded and tense, causing them to revert back to their old ways of pushing each other away. A void is evident in their marriage much like the void seen in "Cathedral 's " couple.
When he first heard about Robert, he didn’t like him because he was blind. He couldn’t feel how it is to be blind. He states that “And his being blind bothered me” (314). He didn’t feel for him and didn’t even want to interact with him. When the blind man had a beard, he was shocked.
“His spirit, he feared, had been blasted away so that he had become lonesome and estranged from all around him as a sad old heron standing pointless watch in the mudflats of a pond lacking frogs.” (22) Inman had grown up with Christian views but the war had a negative effect on his faith, leaving him questioning God. Inman had originally blamed human nature for the war and other tragedies going on in the world, however, when he talks to the blind man and discovers he was born blind, he doesn’t know who to blame. Inman undergoes the complicated process of finding himself when he is lost. There had been times when Inman thought he’d be better off alone forever.