After, reading the story the reader can interpret that the truly blind person was the narrator himself. When the narrator finally puts his insecurities aside he actually starts to communicate with Robert the blind man. The story “Cathedral” shows various scenes of prejudgment, jealously, and indifference between the narrator and Robert. The story showed me that sometimes people shouldn’t judge by the exterior of people because in the interior they might have much more riches than
At one point Robert asks the narrator if he is religious and in his answer, the narrator says “I guess I don’t believe in it,” saying I guess as though he is unsure whether or not it is true (paragraph 104). The narrator in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” undergoes a vast character change. When the narrator meets Robert, the blind man, it is as though he sees the world with a different perspective. Before meeting Robert, the narrator is an impudent, blunt, insensitive racist, but once he is introduced to the blind man and gets to know him a little bit, he become a politer, more perceptive
The husband finally found a way to communicate with the blind man through his eyes and voice. Even though the blind man could not see what was playing the husband explained to him about the beautiful Cathedral’s that was being shown on television. The husband asked the blind man if he had ever seen a Cathedral before. The blind man had not. The blind man asked the husband to get a pen and paper and draw with his eyes closed the Cathedral’s he saw on TV.
Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, Raymond Carver use point of view effectively and demonstrates symbolism. The story begins with the blind man. He is visiting an old friend and her husband after his wife recently died. The story is told from the husband’s point of view. The story being told from the husband’s point of view is important.
The narrator, realizing Robert cannot see the pictures of cathedrals on the screen attempts to describe what a cathedral looks like. However, he finds himself unable to find the words to properly describe one, so Robert suggests drawing one together, and by sharing this experience with Robert, the narrator finally understands Robert’s world and how it is not much different than his own. Through this story, Carver uses humor to show the character traits of the narrator and enhance his relationship with his other wife and Robert, and by doing this creates more realistic, in-depth character. At the beginning of this short story, the narrator introduces his relationship with his wife, her relationship with Robert, and their backstory.
The reader is taken on a journey with the protagonist where Red faces copious challenges and disappointment from his friends. All his peers wanted to help him be who he is “supposed” to be – red. They all had their own opinion. Maybe he was broken, maybe his label was too tight, maybe he was not sharp enough. They tried to help by giving him advice, setting up play dates with other crayons, nevertheless, nothing seemed to work.
From that moment, the narrator show his true side to me. It shows that he doesn’t not care about his wife feeling toward the blind man. After carefully reading “cathedral”, the narrator is jealous of the blind man relationship with his
Soon Louie became so traumatized by the events of War World II, he became an alcoholic. Once Louie’s friends and family realized how bad his drinking habit was they begged him to stop, but their words were not convincing enough. Then one day Louie turned to God and stopped drinking. Hillenbrand wrote “ When they entered the apartment, Louie went straight to his cache of liquor. It was the time of night when they usually took hold of him, but for the first time in years, Louie had no desire to drink”(383).
My wife Clementine decided we need these journals to document what we see on our travels to Oregon next month, however I honestly think they are a waste of time. At least little Brooke enjoys it. On her 6th birthday last year we got her a notebook that she 's been writing in so I think she 's ready for these journals. I remember three years ago when Clementine was 18 we would go on walks around our little town of bloomesdale. I shore do miss those times, but we haven 't gone on many walks since then, because she 's been cross with me about overruling her vote to go to Oregon.
Interestingly, the protagonist is having a difficulty with an external conflict against the whole of society. While sitting on the bench, people and pets are acting like in a play but paying little to no attention. For instance, “But he shook his head, lighted a cigarette, slowly breathed a great deep puff into her face…then walked away”(127). Whole of society is concerned for young generations while elders just fade
In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” we are introduced to a narrator who tries to make it very clear to the reader that because he can physically see, he is better than the blind man, Robert. However, as we continue through the narrator’s interactions with Robert, it is shown that the narrator is actually quite blind to the world until Robert shows him otherwise. That is to say, the narrator can physically look at things around him, but lacks the kind of seeing that entails looking at things on a deeper level of engagement. This is the kind of seeing that allows Robert to truly see and understand things at a deeper level that the narrator would be oblivious to, such as his wife’s feelings, or even his own emotions. We get a clear vision about
Within modern day society, there are many people who have eyesight cannot “see.” This sad truth is reflected within the husband who cannot connect with his wife because he displays a lack of insight. As the protagonist of the short story Cathedral, the husband had to undergo a certain change within the story in order to connect with his wife, who actually tends to be the antagonist. Through the usage of the husband’s language, behavior, and interaction with other characters–the author, Raymond Carver proves that it is possible to “see” once one accepts change.
While it is quite obvious that only one character in this short story is blind, the actions and thoughts portrayed by the narrator show readers that he is the one truly unable to see what is most important in others. Because of the narrator’s one-sided perception of Robert, he comes off as being fearful of the unknown such as being blind. In correlation to the remarks the narrator makes concerning Robert, the way the narrator treats Robert, and through the narrator’s changing attitude, one can see how he may be viewed as a disliked character that is blind to the emotion of others until his life-altering epiphany occurs. From the beginning of “The Cathedral,” the narrator automatically depicts his one-sided perception of what he thinks about
Robert, the main character in Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral”, is the only blind man in the story. He is a caring, amiable man who even sets the narrator at ease. Robert visits the narrator’s wife after his own wife, Beulah, dies. He and the narrator’s wife have been listening to each other through the audiotapes they send back and forth during the past ten years. The narrator’s wife has recorded what she experiences including her marriage, suicide attempt, and divorce.