Can a person learn something from communicating with someone else? For some people connecting with a new person is difficult and one might question the idea of connecting with a new person. For example, in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” The narrator is unhappy about the blind man Robert coming to stay at his house. Then, the narrator starts to enjoy Robert’s company. While they are watching television, Robert tells the narrator to fetch a piece of heavy paper.
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
An old friend of the narrator "Robert,'' is the blind man in the story. When the sighted man tries to explain what a cathedral is like to the blind man, his words fail. One man relies on vision to communicate, the other does not. It was like they spoke different languages. At the end of the story when the narrator says "My eyes were still closed.
When Robert and the husband are drawing the Cathedral there’s a connection between them that is much different than when they first met. The husband is beginning to realize what it’s like not being able to see and having to feel everything. When he first tries to draw the Cathedral he can’t. The Cathedral has no meaning towards him. When he closes his eyes he gets a feel for the Cathedral when Robert guides his hand and he begins to understand the meaning of having to feel things.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a bitter old miser, and miserable, Scrooge dislikes things like happiness, generosity, and Christmas, until three of Ghosts shows him the error of his ways. Scrooge keeps his office very cold, the person that works for him has a little fire going and has multiply jackets to keep him warm. Scrooge at the beginning was described as cold man with no facial expressions who shared little and hung onto every cent. He kept to himself, had no friends, and attended no social events. "But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!
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.
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
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.
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).
For the reader it is really easy not to pay attention to the story and instantly get annoyed. People can understand the tone by reading what the narrator has to say about the blind man. The narrator explains to the wife that he really did not want a blind man at his house, and won’t know how to act with a blind man. Instead of giving the blind man a chance, he starts complaining. The narrator would make jokes like “what side of the train did you sit on” (Carver,133), not thinking the old man could answer, although he could.