However, the faith he is standing with, endangers him, making his home confused. Luke says that he knows that trials are coming and that it is the faith that he upholds that is bringing him trials, “I knew that life would try me.” (Dubus 16). It seems he lost his family because of hate. Paul is trying to figure out the best way he could have tried to save the family. “A Father’s Story,” at different points, portrays Luke Ripley as the antagonist and the protagonist
Robert asked the narrator to describe it, but he could not. So Robert asked him draw the picture of “Cathredral” out, and as the narrator drew it out and Robert follews along with the narrator's hand. Robert graps what a cathedral looks like, while the narrator begins to understand, how life must be like as a blind person. In the last paragraph, the narrator was “awakening” by an epiphany and began to draw the picture. “His fingers rode my fingers as my hand went over the paper.
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.
This short story is particularly short compared to most but it was a good story to help readers understand and identify tone and style. Readers can understand the elements by reading what the narrator has to say about the blind man. He is always complaining about him before the blind man even gets to his house. The narrator in the beginning did not give the blind man a chance before he started judging him. In a world full of negative things, people should give each other a chance to get to know one
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.
Now the wife is asleep at this point, so the narrator is truly doing this out of kindness. After a while, the narrator realizes that the blind man cannot see the television. At this moment, he decides to describe the cathedral on the television (94). Thus, he is striving to aid the blind man to comprehend what he sees. The smoking and television discussion sparks a change in the narrator; however, this change progresses once he holds the blind man’s
In the novel “Cathedral” By Raymond Carver, many themes and motifs are subtlety hinted throughout, a major motif that stood out to me was the presence of sight throughout the story and what deeper meaning it has towards the characters. “Cathedral” is a short story about a dissatisfied man who timidly allows his wife’s old friend stay at their house after his wife passes away. The man’s name is Robert and he happens to be blind this unsettles the narrator because of his preconceived notions and expectations of what a blind person should be like. As the story goes on the reader realizes that maybe the narrator may be the one who actually cannot see the world around him, which leads to an Epiphany. Blindness is a dominant motif in this story, and it serves multiple metaphorical functions.
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. One evening the narrator is asked by Robert to try and explain the cathedrals to Robert, it shocks him. He wonders
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
From time to time, the Narrator ends up jumping to conclusions too quickly. As Gisele Bundchen says, “I feel like when people judge me they 're not judging me, because they don 't know who I am.” As the Narrator jumps to conclusions, this affects not only him, but the other people around him, like Robert, which he misunderstood. In addition to this, he has low standards for blind people. For example, when Richard first came in and the Narrator saw him, he thought, “This blind man, feature this, he was wearing a full beard! A beard on a blind man!
In the novel, David faces the challenge of not comprehending why he does not get hurt and responds with disinterest and indifference. This is evident when Joseph tells his dad, "I thought maybe because you 're my dad... I thought I might be like you... I 'm not like you," and David replies indifferently, "You are like me. We can both get hurt.