In Carver’s story, the narrator embodies that representation of society and his journey to illumination. However, as a society we resist change, much like the narrator who represents his early discontent with Robert who is an embodiment of everything he isn’t. As expressed in his quote “And his being blind bothered me… A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (Carver 265). Furthermore, Carver reflects on the false sources of knowledge and our feeble senses that we rely on to establish judgment. That idea of falsification is seen in the quote “My idea of blindness came from the movies.
From time to time, the Narrator ends up jumping to conclusions too quickly. As Gisele Bundchen says, “I feel like when people judge me they 're not judging me, because they don 't know who I am.” As the Narrator jumps to conclusions, this affects not only him, but the other people around him, like Robert, which he misunderstood. In addition to this, he has low standards for blind people. For example, when Richard first came in and the Narrator saw him, he thought, “This blind man, feature this, he was wearing a full beard! A beard on a blind man!
"My idea of blindness came from the movies… A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (261), a quote by Raymond Carver in his short story, “The Cathedral” about being judged before getting to know someone. A blind man, named Robert, got judged by the narrator, also known as Bub because he based Robert on the idea media placed on the blind during their time. The theme of this story does not always believe stereotypes are the way people truly are. The theme speaks to me because my younger brother, Andrew, has autism and he is constantly being judged and criticized for his behavior. Autism is a mental condition that causes difficulty in communicating and forming relationships, but a lot of people do not realize the signs, therefore, it is easy to criticize.
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.
“Presently I heard a…although I chuckled at heart” (Oates & Ed, 1992). By declaring that he is able to understand what is inside the head of another human being the protagonist loses once again his credibility. Besides the fact that the narrator seems to sympathize with the old man he is once more unable to conceive that the eye is a part of the old man’s identity. “The narrator is also helpless about his anxieties and his temperament”(Abu, Madi, & Neimneh, 2013). The narrator seems to lose his temper both by the appearance of the eye “It was open…I grew furious as I gaze upon it” and the sound of the heartbeat “ It increased my fury,…into courage” (Oates & Ed,
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 addition, Fatima Anjum’s article "Loss of Civilization and Innocence in Lord of the Flies," states that, Ralph is not bad at the core he still has a sense of his original innocence, but as bad things happen he falls deeper and deeper into the madness. At points when engulfed by madness, he wants to revert to his innocence rather than face the evil that he has become. Anjum relates his points to the quote stating that ralph“wept for innocence” (Golding 202). Ralph is at a point where he does not even recognize himself, he is so far into evil he does not even know how he got there. Ralph may be falling into evil but overall he is still a kid, and he still has innocence even if it does not amount to the innocence he had upon arriving to the island.
For example, society’s ignorance is displayed when the neighbors express how they would like to “see” (19) the silent listener “again” (19). They realize how the mute auditor’s liveliness has dissolved; however, they do not comprehend how they were the cause of this fatality. Additionally, the speaker mentions how they aspire to “secretly” (20) and “suddenly” (21) meet the silent listener. The alliteration promotes the struggle present in communicating with someone with a lost identity, as it can be difficult to gain a sense of trust after drastic events. Moreover, imagery through the word choice of “long, lonely avenue of elms” (22) is present in the longest verse of the poem.
Both Carver and Marquez used religious diction, characters, and symbolism, to reveal the two themes of blindness from within caused by the lack of perspective and compassion, as well as the concept of grabbing onto nothing and making it into something powerful without questioning reality. Carver used religious diction in the dialogue between the blind man and the narrator. Towards the end of the story the blind man deliberately asks the narrator “if you are in any way religious” following with the narrator’s reply “I guess I don’t believe in it. In anything. Sometimes it's hard.
It puts one in an uncomfortable position and also a questioning position but then again emotion before getting to know. Robert is blind which means that he doesn’t have the ability of sight. That is why he touches her face he is unable to see it so instead of describing sight he describes feeling. Compensating for a way to give complementary and the poem is to describe the greatness of him. The conversations between the two of them for the narrator this is a turn for the burn.