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.
From the very beginning of the story, it is easy to pick up on the fact that the narrator does not have much of a social life outside of the house. When he speaks of the tapes his wife and the blind man send back and forth, he refers to them as, “harmless chit chat.” He does not see the point in the conversations they have, or why they mean so much to his wife. Later, when the narrator is complaining to his wife about not having a blind
In this Literary Analysis I will discuss the effects that the death of Matthew Maule had on the Pyncheon family, and whether the curse is real. I will also go over the theme and moral of the story and how it ties into Matthew Maule’s curse. One can imagine it, the gloomy, dark day, the wailing of his wife and children, and the judge declaring that he must die; as the executioner pulls the lever and the floor drops, the man falls and the rope catches his neck. Because the rope does not break his neck, he starts to strangle to death. As he gasps for breath, he gets out his last words,“ God will give him blood to drink,” then he slowly dies.
Chapter 8 After such a tragic night with the accident both nick and Gatsby had a sleepless night. On the morning nick went to see Gatsby and he tells him that he stood outside until four o 'clock and nothing happened. Nick advice Gatsby as a friend that it 's better to leave town but he insist he won 't, and that he will wait for Daisy. Then he narrates to Nick the story about their love and how because of money Daisy married Tom and didn’t wait for him. After the long conversation nick was already late for work so leaves Gatsby’s home, and for the first time Gatsby decides to take a swim.
For the reader it is really easy not to pay attention to the story and instantly get annoyed. People can understand the tone by reading what the narrator has to say about the blind man. The narrator explains to the wife that he really did not want a blind man at his house, and won’t know how to act with a blind man. Instead of giving the blind man a chance, he starts complaining. The narrator would make jokes like “what side of the train did you sit on” (Carver,133), not thinking the old man could answer, although he could.
She hasn't let go of earth yet which prevents her from being happy, she feels isolated and alone in heaven well she watches everyone she loves gets to grow up she wants to belong back to earth. Along with susie her family on earth also feels very isolated each family member in there own way perhaps the most her mother. Susie's dad has figured out the man who killed his daughter and only focuses on him almost 24/7 so her mother starts to feel very alone and doesn't know how to deal with her daughters death, her mother turns to the police officer handling susies case Len, she starts depending more and more on him and susie see this till one day her mother just needs to get away from it all well susie watches from heaven she her “mother was granted her most temporal wish. To find a doorway out of her ruined heart, in merciful adultery”(197). Susie's mom describes what shes doing as a
In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” he writes a story about a husband's journey to his epiphany. Robert, a blind man, teaches the husband how to see without his eyes. Often a person with the ability to see takes this for granted, leaving them only to see what is on the outside rather than seeing people, and things for what they really are. In this short story, Carver conveys the narrators epiphany through the symbol of the cathedral. Carver develops a story with symbolism throughout his story, beginning with the first line, “This blind man, an old friend of my wife’s he was on his way to spend the night.
The husband’s actions and behavior change drastically throughout “Cathedral”. He went from a stubborn attitude towards Robert to being sympathetic at the end. The very first line of Cathedral the husband refers to Robert as “this blind man”, which gives you a little taste of his attitude towards blind people. The husband isn’t very enthusiastic about Robert coming to stay with him and his wife because Robert
In Cathedral Carver’s tone is very pessimistic in the beginning, displaying the fact that he is not looking forward to hosting a blind man in his home that he has never met and seemingly has no interest in meeting. The main character talks about the blind men he had seen in the movies and even jokes around with his wife about what activities they could do together, and all the while he has is dreading the upcoming meeting with the old blind man. However the tone takes a turn for the better as the main character talks, drinks, smokes, and ultimately draws with the old man during this eye opening experience. In Little Things and Why Don’t You Dance the author uses a similar tone, one that is sad. In each of the stories there is a divorce taking place in the household and they are in the middle of a separation.
In the beginning of the story “Cathedral”, the narrator has a negative attitude towards Robert. He refers to him as ‘the blind man’ for a majority of the story. The narrator seems jealous of his wife’s friendliness when she offers Robert to stay at their house after his wife dies of cancer. Robert finally arrives to their house one evening and the narrator begins to ask him questions like “Which side of the train did you sit on by the way?” thinking the blind man wouldn’t know. He makes several comments like this throughout the story, but drawing the Cathedral with ‘the blind man’ becomes a life changing experience for the narrator.