He no longer thinks the blind man is worthless. At that moment, he relates with the blind man and finally understands the struggles the blind man goes through. Before drawing the Cathedral, the husband would waste his time
as the two men sit listening. Carver wanted to show that the narrator is trying to conceal his thoughts and feelings at this point of time from Robert. He thinks that keeping to himself will mask his true identity from this blind man. Another symbol of something that appears on the T.V. is cathedrals.
In “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, it is a story about an interaction between the author, the author’s wife, and the wife’s blind friend, Robert. The blind friend was staying the night at the author’s house and he did not like the idea of it, but since it was his wife’s friend he dealt with it. The author gave characteristics to the blind guy and himself. The author assumed that blind people can’t do anything like a normal person does. The author said that “Did you have a good train ride?’ I said.
Later in the story, Carver juxtaposes Robert’s readiness to learn more about the narrator to the narrator’s initial refusal to develop a relationship to Robert. Robert, an unprejudiced man, asks the narrator a series of questions such as “How long [have you been in your] present position?” (Carver, 7), to which the narrator, a man with prejudice against the blind, responds with curt answers, such as “Three Years.” (Carver, 7). Through this juxtaposition, Carver conveys to his audience how the narrator’s biases and stereotypes prevent him from
However, in Neighbors, dramatic irony is prevalent. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that the characters do not. Dramatic and situational irony appear throughout a few of Carver’s numerous remarkable short stories. Cathedral by Raymond Carver is the story about a blind man, Robert, who visits a husband and wife in their home. One would expect the husband to be able to see more than the blind man, but ironically this is not the case.
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
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.
In “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator struggles with an internal conflict that involves him never being able to be in a vulnerable or sensitive state, especially when he is with his wife. The narrator creates suspense by having the reader wait until the end to realize what the blind man was referring to when he states, “From all you’ve said about him, I can only conclude—” (Carver 35). The reader can observe that the blind man was explaining that the husband was missing out on all aspects of life and the little things the world has to offer. The husband was so closed-minded, that he was missing out on having a deeper connection with his wife. Throughout the story the reader can affirm that the wife has a deep, strong relationship with the blind man.
One thing in the story that made him more self-sufficient was when his group had left him behind in the barn. The text states, “Even before he was fully awake, Salva could feel that something was wrong. He lay very still with his eyes closed, trying to sense what it might be. Finally, he sat up and opened his eyes. No one else was in the barn.
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
on Monday, April 21st, 2018, but Matt Watson had no clue. All he knew, was that he was not even halfway through his prison sentence, and didn 't really care what day, month, or season it was. He just wanted out. Matt’s irritated and bloodshot eyes fluttered as he was slowly taken under by tiredness. Slowly and quietly, he breathed in the cold, still, air of his cell, in deep breathes, occasionally having to moisturize his mouth to get rid of the sticky and dry feeling that covered it.
He liked his new room and bed. He laid down to rest his body and while doing so Carl fell to sleep. When awaking he traveled to the window where he started to hear the voices again. He backed away and walked to the door and began to hear them again. Carl quickly ran to his bed making sure to stay away from those places.
The narrator 's epiphany at the end of "Cathedral" comes with his ability to 'see ' outside of himself, to imagine himself as part of something bigger. The irony is that he is taught to 'see ' by a blind man, and he 'sees ' only through refusing to open his eyes and behold the drawing he has made. The narrator 's attitudes about sight at the beginning of the story exhibit his close-mindedness: he judges Robert for blindness, even though he himself is 'blind ' to the truth of what blindness is (he admits he only knows it through TV). What he learns about sight is that it can be limiting when turned only to the particulars of one 's own life, instead of directed outwards to how we are all connected to