The Cathedral short story and the film went two different routes when telling the story. In the reading, I felt as if the husband was being a jerk, jealous, and ignorant about the blind man and the relationship between his wife and the blind man. I could tell that the husband was not too fond of the blind man by reading the first three paragraphs. The way the husband started off the first sentence with “this blind man” as if the blind man did not have a name and. On the other hand, in the beginning of the film the husband seems a little bothered that the blind man was coming over and spending the night.
Symbolic Blindness Sometimes insecurities cause people to judge others or criticize based on assumptions and not see things as they truly are. In the short story “Cathedral” the author Raymond Carver describes a narrator that is sarcastic and critical of his wife’s blind friend that is coming for a visit. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes opens up a whole new way of looking at things.
The author use of the title “Cathedral” was misleading at first. “Cathedral” is about a husband who had an interesting experience with his wife’s blind friend. The narrator, also known as the husband, had difficulty understanding other people thoughts and personal feelings. The narrator knew how important the blind man is to his wife, yet he still makes careless jokes about him. “Maybe I could take him bowling” was a comment made by the narrator after finding out that the blind man was staying over his house.
“I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And being blind bothered me” (104) The narrator has no knowledge of experiencing seeing a blind person. “My idea of blindness came from the movies” (104).
Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket Just as he was going to break the window his wife walks in and he sees that she is not happy so he starts to think maybe he is on that ledge because he ain 't the right for her because he doesn’t make time for her. He thinks back on all the time he could have spent time with her and made his marriage better. Tom started thinking if he did fall off the ledge that she would find someone else and make her happy but then some guy walks in and she looks like they have known each other for a while so he starts thinking has she been using me working so much an excuse to go out and meet other guys and then he gets a rage in his body and break the window and starts to beat the guy up and grabs him and hangs him out the
In Beowulf, it says “their ears could not hear his praise nor know his glory,” this is a connection to God in this epic, but in modern society, people with anxiety don’t hear praise they receive from others because they don’t believe it (lines 97-98). Grendel can’t help who his ancestors are, but he can help himself instead of living down to their expectations. In The Monster Called Anxiety, it says “The inside of my head is a loud place. Something is constantly bouncing around. I think about things I said or did years ago, about how ‘stupid’ I was,/ Anxiety makes me a difficult person to be friends with” (Ann).
The irony of this short story was that it was Armand who was of mixed raced and not his wife. He was the one who tainted the baby, he found out after fining a letter from his beloved mother that was written to his father (Chopin). Irony is a surprising interesting twist at the end on a story. I am sure that after he read this letter that he soon figured out why his father was so kind to the slaves and how it was wrong of him to treat his wife the way he did and immediately regretted his choices. Thus, she was no longer there and he could not get her back, he thought she went back to live with her stepmother, and if he goes to look for her or the stepmother went to look for her and the child they would both find that Desiree never went to her original destination.
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.
Therefore, one can assume that if Tom wasn’t designed to be such a ‘brute of a man’ Daisy may find the strong will to tell him her true feelings about Gatsby. The second way he ruins Gatsby’s chances is by ultimately causing the death of Gatsby himself, this because he decides to tell George that Gatsby had driven the car that hit Myrtle, even though Tom has no real involvement in the situation already, he claims his motives for doing so are because he ‘had it coming to him’ suggesting that because Gatsby had threatened his place with Daisy and effectively his masculinity he deserved
This first essay that I read helped me understand the psychological struggle and symbolic meaning of the story. Kachur claims that vital information from the narrator is omitted because it seems not important to readers, but that same information is the one that describes the motives and the challenges presented by the author. This essay really caught my attention in ways that I would never imagine. Kachur argues that the narrator obsession is based in “father-on-son incest”. He supports his idea with three possible hypothesis: first, the narrator was a victimized child that resulted with some psychotic symptoms; second, the narrator is re-enacting his abuse to make the old man feel what he suffered; and for last, the old man is a victim of the narrator´s threat of incest.
One day Jose Michard Teixeira responded to a writing prompt about patience. Teixeira doesn’t have patience for things like having feeling for people that doesn’t have his best interest in heart. He doesn’t feel like being used anymore. If I was him I would agree with him. I think that almost everybody had a time that a friend was disloyal to him or her once or that you don’t want to be nice anymore because you always have a negative response when you try to reach out.
"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.
Two short stories that are very interesting and different is "The Rocking Horse Winner" and "Cathedral. " They are very distinguished with the themes of each short story. In "The Rocking Horse Winner" one of the many themes is obsession and a person can perceive that reading throughout the whole short story. In "Cathedral" one of the main themes is understanding and to see that a person has to read the whole story and see that in the end. The difference between the two short stories "The Rocking Horse Winner" and "Cathedral" " are the ideas of each of the stories are so disparate.
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.