The Theme Of Blindness In 'Cathedral' By Raymond Carver

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“Cathedral” is a short and warm story written by Raymond Carver. The author portrays the story in the first person narrative. Carver presents the interaction between an unnamed couple and a blind man by the name of Robert, who is visiting them. The story is told by the husband, the narrator, who is a prejudiced, jealous, and insecure man with very limited awareness of blindness. This theme is exposed through Carver’s description of the actions of the narrator whose lack of knowledge by stereotyping a blind man. However, the story takes an unpredicted and meaningful turn at the end when the narrator see things from a blind man’s standpoint. Since the beginning of the story, the narrator does not like the idea of having in his house a blind man. He does not know how to socialize with blind people because his idea of blindness came from the movies. He thinks blind people move slowly and they never laugh.…show more content…
Unfortunately, his efforts to describe a cathedral were unsuccessful. He feels as blind as Robert. The blind man suggested the narrator to draw one cathedral together. The wife didn’t comprehend what’s happening. 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. I knew that. But I didn’t feel like I was inside anything. It’s really something.” (Carver,
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