Raymond Carver Cathedral Point Of View

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In the short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver his choice of narrative point of view is a glance into a cruel, non filtered mans first-person outlook on life. It provides a more depth view into the emotions, and stray of the narrator. When the narrator “speaks,” his mood and inner traits are revealed by his tone of “voice.” This adds to the powerfulness of the story because we hear things he doesn't directly or intentionally reveal; as a result, we know him at a deeper level. For instance, the narrator’s sulkiness of others’, close relationships with his wife (who is never named) is apparent from comments he makes. The unnamed narrator is self-absorbed, concerned only with how the visit with Robert will affect him. At the same time, the narrator lacks self-awareness. He pities Robert’s wife, Beulah, because her husband could never look at her, never realizing that he doesn’t actually know his own wife despite the fact that he can see her. Theres different narrative views such as: the view of "Bub" himself, the wife, and Robert. As the story goes on, the narrator's tone and improperness changes from corrosive to warm and educated. The point-of-view in this story puts the narrator as the protagonist. The narrator also has limited omniscience which keeps the reader from seeing the blind man's feelings. In the begining of the story…show more content…
The narrator will never admit his jealousy towards Roberts past with his wife. The way he speaks when he describes the touching of the face- yet he never actually acknowledged it. (qoute of the face) At the end of the story, when Robert guides the narrator in drawing the cathedral with his eyes closed, the narrator revels in the strangeness of the experience, and his bewilderment makes this transcendent moment more poignant. It is a remarkable moment, but the narrator’s unsophisticated description of it makes it a human moment as
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