Robert takes Bub’s hand and tells him to draw a Cathedral. Robert continues to cheer Bub on and continue drawing. Robert then asks him to close his eyes and continue to draw this way. After the drawing is complete Bub keeps his eyes closed and this leads us to believe his is finally at peace with Robert being there. Bub states, “But I had my eyes closed.
The “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, begins with a seemingly “normal” husband is about to come to grips with an old “blind” friend of his wife. As the story progress the reader finds out just the opposite. Throughout the story the reader sees, by his words and actions, that the husband does not “see” or understands what Robert’s (the friend) blindness means, He cannot understand how changed or did not change him as a human. In the beginning of the story Robert seemingly makes the husband feel very uncomfortable, he does not know what to say or how to act around a blind person. “His being blind bothered me” is said by the husband early on.
Both stories represent different interpretations of blindness/reality vs. expectations concepts of the relationships between real life and ideas in similar ways. In both “Cathedral” and “Araby” the authors tell stories about how people make their own judgments in their own mind that different from reality. In the story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, the narrator is not blind but he never looked at his wife’s need as being her childhood sweetheart. “Over the years, she put all kinds of stuff on tapes and sent the tapes to the blind man including about her divorce” (Carver 138). This shows the husband’s being blind, not knowing his wife very well.
The story is about the narrator meeting his wife’s blind friend. At the beginning the narrator does not want to meet the blind man because of the knowledge he has about blind people is from 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” (Cathedral). After meeting the blind man, he recognizes the blind man is actually a normal person who knows where exactly which food is at when he is eating, dress well does not use a walking stick and understand what others are talking about.
I realized after reading the book that the point of the wartime setting was to show the ignorance of the people living in this dystopian society. Fahrenheit 451 depicts how society’s main focus was what was on TV and what were the latest upgrades they could make to their TV and these senseless ideas were caused by the lack of books. This was especially seen in the part of the book at the Montag house when Guy questions Mrs. Phelps about her husband going to war, she doesn’t seem to be worried because, she has never seen the danger. This unawareness being the fault of the media and government not showing the war to the public as it is and showing the war as they want people to see it by lying in hope to manipulate the population. After the questioning by Guy, the conversation quickly changes back to their favorite topic of television showing what is important to them.
Montag is forced to explore his own meaning of individuality In a society of followers . When he visits Professor Faber at his home. He begs Faber, “I want you to teach me how to understand what I read,” . Montag is capable of physically reading out words, but he is unable to put any meaning or emotion behind the texts he reads. Montag desperately wishes too understand and think about the texts.
The narrator even seems slightly unsure about things when he answers questions. 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
Oedipus goes to tiresias and tiresias tells oedipus his fate. Oedipus said "If you only had eyes that could see, i'd think you accomplished the deed alone." (7) oedipus said that to tiresias because oedipus didn't want to accept the truth. Oedipus also said "because you are blind, not only in the eyes but in the ears and in your mind as well." (7) oedipus said that tiresias didn’t know what he was talking about.
The different characters actions and words are influenced by their commitment to either the church or rave lifestyle. The language used, how characters spend their time, and where they feel comfortable, affects the ways in which characters relate to one another. The different personalities and ways of life between characters, resulted in a lot of personality clashes, making the play more interesting. For example, when Paul the Priest brings up Stacy’s death to Ben and tells him to consider finding closure within the church, Ben suggests to Paul “[he] should come check out a rave sometime” as “what [he has] found there [he] never found in a church.” Ben’s personality and way of life is more than somewhat different to Pauls; as to him he finds closure and feels safe through the sound of music and atmosphere of raves. Another example is when Anne has a closed mind about raves, and thinks people only go to them to take drugs and drink.
John Rawls, a political philosopher, said his experience of serving in World War II had caused him to question his faith. Rawls saw first hand the horrors of the Holocaust. The Holocaust made him question of “whether prayer was possible”. Rawls couldn 't understand how God could allow the Jews to be slaughtered, while he was allowed to live free. After returning home from the war, Krebs “felt the need to talk but no one wanted to hear about it”.