In the story Cathedral, the narrator is the husband of a wife who has kept in touch with her old boss from years past. The boss is Robert, a blind man whose wife has just passed away. After his wife’s death, Robert was invited to visit and stay with an ex-employee. The husband doesn’t want the blind man to stay over at his house because he is jealous of Robert. The husband’s wife has kept in touch with the blind man for the last 10 years.
Robert and the narrator sit on the couch after the wife has fallen asleep, watching TV, when a documentary about cathedrals comes on. The narrator then proceeds to show Robert what a cathedral looks like by taking his hand and drawing a cathedral on “a shopping bag with onion skins in the the bottom of the bag.” (Carver 110) . Through this bricolage, the narrator closes his eyes and has an epiphany, for in this moment where his eyes are closed, hands intertwined, he truly sees, and “ ‘It’s really something,” (Carver 135). It’s the minimalistic approach that prefaces this big event that really showcases the theme. Carver’s use of colloquial language, in creation of an increasingly relatable scene allows for the reader to empathize with the narrator, allowing for a much stronger impact when the epiphany occurs and the story’s theme has been
Noah Starr Robin Thomas ENGL 1102 31 Jan 2016 Theme of “Cathedral” In the short story “Cathedral”, Raymond Carver tells a story through a narrator who is blind with jealousy and cannot see, Robert, a physically blind man in mourning, yet he is caring, easy going, and the final character, the narrator’s wife who is the bridge between them. These two men live in separate worlds, and now through the inciting incident of the death of Robert’s wife, their two worlds collide. Beginning the first day she answered Robert’s help wanted ad, he and the narrator’s wife have been longtime friends. In “Cathedral” Raymond Carver uses this story combining a narrator’s preconceived notions of the blind, who is angered by Robert, an artifact of his wife’s past,
The Understanding of a Blind Man In the short “Cathedral” the narrator is the character that is being evaluated on how he changes his ways throughout the course of the story. In the story a blind man comes to visit after the death of his wife. When the narrator learns about this he is not thrilled about the visit. The narrator’s wife is all to excited about the visit which does cause some tension between the two. The narrator changes slowly through the course of the story, but he does make a huge change from being narrow minded to open minded.
“Three and a half hours in memory to be shifted.” Jerry shifted in three and half hours of the book he is reading. Jerry closed his eyes as it recommended and an alert popped up on the screen that read “You are now on page 107.” Jerry went back to his room and read more of his book before going to sleep. It is a typical day at the office. Keyboard clicks and whispers. “Hey I saw you guys going out last night.
Another quote is “What do you want to do Dad?” Come into the apartment with me and steal the money?”(Pfeffer pg 4). Ashes is predicting what her dad wants to do. One more quote from the story is “I must have sounded like mom because he stopped talking.”(Pfeffer pg 3). This is showing that Ashes usually talks like her dad and since she said something that sounded like something her mom would say, her dad got surprised. Ashes thinks and acts like her dad.
He already lost a brother and that was already hard enough to cope with, let alone another close friend which he had very few of. Karen was a friend of Conrad in the hospital after his attempted suicide. They tried to keep in contact after both getting discharged but their only meet seemed to be brief and awkward. Conrad felt that it was a waste of time since Karen was focused on her school play rather than him. Conrad tried to contact her again but her parents blew him off.
The protagonist in Raymond Carver’s essay “Cathedral” is the husband of the wife in the story. From the start he was never too thrilled to be having the blind man stay with him in his home. He felt uncomfortable and he also had no idea what to expect because he had never been around a blind man before. After his wife falls asleep the man seems to slowly start to have a more open mind when it comes to the blind man. They start to talk and connect.
Sapp John Sapp Hensley English 11/ Fourth Period 05 February 2018 Part 12: Rough Draft “Babylon Revisited” is a very detailed and well written story that has many ups and downs bound to leave the reader on the edge of their seat.F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many different types of writing techniques in “Babylon Revisited” to make this story grab the reader’s attention even more so than some of his previous works.Fitzgerald’s style portrays one of the most important aspects of this book by far, setting the tone for this story giving you more details throughout. From attention to detail, to setting, to literary devices used throughout this story, Fitzgerald really hit home with this one.With the many different writing details used in this story,
There is a change in perspective once a person influences our lives. In “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator’s wife brings home her blind friend to stay the night, but the narrator doesn’t like the idea. The narrator changes near the end, once he is finishes drawing a cathedral and feels it with his eyes closed. In “Gryphon” by Charles Baxter, the narrator gets an odd substitute teacher with wonderful stories. She eventually leaves because of a student telling the principal what is happening, and the narrator is sad by this because he is forced to return to the uneventful lifestyle he had before.