There’s a first time for everything. But I don’t feel anything yet” (8). Robert was quick to try new things & that shows him being different, as the narrator stated earlier in the story he had read that blind people don’t smoke also. Robert being able to take in the surroundings around him allows him to have a better understanding of everything, making him ‘see’. The same happens when Robert asks the narrator to draw the cathedral.
He explained it the best he could but was having trouble being clear. Robert had the idea that he could draw it and he would feel the drawing (96). The husband obliged and began drawing while Robert held his hand. As he drew Robert began to see and the husband continued in detail. After a time, Robert asked him to close his eyes as he drew to share the experience with him.
The narrator’s ignorance is what ultimately makes him blind. In the beginning of the story the narrator’s idea of blind people blinded him. He didn’t view blind people as normal people which is why he continuously called Robert the “blind man” instead of referring to him by his name. The narrators only impression of blind people is what he learned from a movie. For example, the narrator states “In the
He at first doesn’t know Robert at all, and since Robert was blind the husband didn’t know how Robert’s life was and didn’t know his limitations or his drawbacks. The husband is narrow-minded and cannot put himself in Robert’s place. He even feels that Robert has a better connection with his wife than he does himself. Robert cannot see but can understand a person’s feelings and emotions better than the husband could. The husband was prejudice at first.
The narrator disliked the idea of the blind man Robert coming over to his house. At the beginning of the story, he is being sarcastic about Robert because he is blind. As the story progresses the narrator begins to enjoy Robert’s company. Finally, at the end of the story he learns something from the experience with Robert. Through the narrator’s character, Raymond Carver is suggesting that an individual should always keep an open mind because one can learn something from an experience even when unexpected.
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. He placed his hands on the husbands hand has he drew a Cathedral. It was at that point when the husband saw things through the eyes of a blind man. The blind man could see in his head the beautiful Cathedral the husband was drawing from placing his hands on the husband’s
He “remembered reading somewhere that the blind didn’t smoke because, as speculation had it they couldn’t see the smoke they inhaled.” (Carver 440) Color the narrator surprised when he watched the ashtray filling up and Robert lighting up another cigarette. During dinner he would watch as Robert faultlessly cut the meat on this plate and dig into the potatoes and beans. Even though the blind man’s actions went against what the narrator thought, he would still continue to do or say things that his wife would chastise him for such as turning on the TV. No one would know the development this simple action would
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.
Robert just replied to her saying they are drawing a cathedral. The blind man ran his fingers over the paper, and places his hand over the narrator which is the beginning to the narrator’s meaningful life lesson. The man with lots of prejudices against blind people, that jealous husband who thought that the blind man has feelings for his wife began to draw. Robert encourages the narrator to close his eyes and keep drawing. The narrator then understood the significant life lesson by saying “My eyes were still closed .I was in my house.
“They’d become good friends, my wife and the blind man”; she liked him for him, and her willingness to form a friendship with Robert was not dependant on what disabilities Robert did or did not have. Without the negativity, the husband would’ve been able to make a friendship with Robert like his wife had, but since he has this sense of ignorance when it comes to people who are