Stereotypes In Flannery O Connor's Cathedral

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"Cathedral" a story about a man who is annoyed with his wife's old friend that is blind, but ends up teaching him a new way of viewing life. “Walk a mile in my shoes, see what I see, hear what I hear, feel what I feel, THEN maybe you'll understand why I do what I do, 'till then don’t judge me.” The advice to “walk a mile in someone else's shoes” means before judging someone, you must understand their challenges are in life and what they go though. This is clearly expressed in the story “Cathedral” by the narrator himself. When first reading the story the narrator comes across as someone with a not so pleasant attitude. The narrator's wife and an old friend or hers named Robert; who is blind, have been communicating with each other for the past ten years. It's pretty obvious that the narrator is jealous of Robert. This is part of why the narrator has issues with blind people. “My idea of blindness came from the movies. 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 is a common stereotype that the narrator uses in the story leading his character down a path of misunderstanding.…show more content…
As if he is telling us what is happening. It's conspiratorial because he's telling us how he really feels, but without getting emotional about. When Robert arrives, things start to get uncomfortable for the trio. The narrator isn't sure what to say or how to act around Robert. His wife fears that the narrator will say something stupid like a blind joke or something. The complication here is that three people are hoping to get along and have a good evening. Because of their history with each and other the position they are in feels a little
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