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.
The narrator had never meet a blind person before and believed in the stereotypes. The narrator said “A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (Carver 331), in the last sentence of the first paragraph. For the narrator, there should be no problem letting a blind man into the house. Throughout this short story the husband continues to make short remarks to the old blind man, as well as keeping a routine for making comments to the blind man. For the reader it is really easy not to pay attention to the story and instantly get annoyed.
Cathedral In the short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, the main character which is the husband finds to let go of your own ideas of something to see the good in what you don’t like. In this short story it shows how a blind man sees things in a different light and is positive about it compared to the husband who had everything that the blind man doesn’t have. The author shows us that it’s important to view things in a different light and go out of our comfort zone to be able to see it differently. He also shows us that we can’t make judgements based on what our minds are thinking. He shows us this by having the husband do everything a normal person would do.
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 wife and Robert develop an unconventional and seemingly unlikely friendship (due to gender roles for those times). Carver masterfully and vividly guides the reader through the narrator’s first true and meaningful encounter with a blind man, who in turn, widely opens the narrator’s eyes to the true reality of blindness; not just the drawbacks. Through the seemingly simple act of drawing a cathedral on a shopping bag, the narrator is thrust into the blind man’s shoes, as he comes to understand how the blind man interacts and interprets the world. When the narrator first hears that Robert is coming to stay, he starts preparing for Robert’s stay by thinking of him almost as an opponent in some competition, with the narrator’s wife as the prize. The narrator degrades Robert and suggests various
A cathedral is compared to the soul of a person: what someone allows to be seen on the outside may be very different from their deeper emotions and thoughts. Since the narrator has discovered the beauty of imagination within himself, he may learn to see past the outer appearance of his wife and attempt to understand and connect with
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.
Then, Goodman Brown loses his certainty for his forefathers. When the old traveler tells him the truth, he exclaims in disbelief, “Can this be so?” (Hawthorne 4). In other words, Goodman Brown questions the faithfulness of his ancestors whom he admires. Although he starts to doubt his forefathers, Faith keeps him holy and innocent.
In Raymond Carvers, short story titled “Cathedral” is about a story of a man (narrator) journey of enlightenment to gain true sight. Through, the creative use of characterization and symbolism Carver is able to bring forth issues regarding materialism. Examples of characterization include, Robert (blind-man) who has the ability to see beyond his physical blindness as well as the narrator who isn’t physically blind but lacks true sight and his wife who has obtained true sight. In the begging of the story, Carver provides exposition on Robert and the wife’s connection which renders a moment of crisis for the narrator, her husband. At first the character of the narrator seems static and flat, but as his journey of enlightenment develops he is
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