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    Blindness In Cathedral

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    A Blind Man's Perspective Can you imagine a life without sight? In the short story Cathedral, the readers come across a man named Robert who lives with such blindness. Robert is the friend of the protagonist's wife and stays at their house after visiting some family. This story focuses on the thoughts and actions of the protagonist who is only referred to as the husband. He starts the story with a brief overview of his wife's past and how she met Robert. After filling the readers in, he picks up

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    Blindness In King Lear

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    man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog, but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide." There is no one as blind as an individual who will not see. Individuals who pay no attention to what they already know are the most deluded. In King Lear, blindness is a reoccurring theme, and this quote connects to the protagonist, Lear, who is not physically blind, but is blind in a sense that he

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    obvious things we see are not always how things are in real. In Oedipus the King, Sophocle exposes the trick of nature which is "what we see is not what is intended to be" and which turned to be a situational irony in the play, Oedipus the king. Blindness is not only apply to people who are blind. We have people who have sight but are blind when it comes to the knowledge of the truth, including the truth hidden behind their whole life. This is the case for Oedipus. Oedipus, the main character of the

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    In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” the narrator in the story a man who could not clearly see the world around him, has a limited awareness about blindness. He went from being a little prejudiced and superficial to having a break through by socializing with a blind man. Beneath the surface he finds a revelation about himself. In the beginning of the story the protagonist the narrator in “Cathedral” seems narrow- minded and an insensitive person. He is prejudice and clearly has some flaws about how he

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    self-awareness can often be traced back to a metaphorical blindness. Throughout the story, the blindness of characters can be easily observed by the audience, yet, as the play progressed, those who were oblivious would later turn out to become conscious of their situation. Ultimately, this newfound self-consciousness plays an important role in the resolution of the tragedy of King Lear. One character that is often overlooked when discussing the symbol of blindness is Edmund. Although it may seem as though he

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    people are depressed to various extents, and that due to their disability they are narrow-minded; through “Blindness” Borges explains that blind people actually see shadows and even certain colors and they they are not at all depressed, on the contrary, they are actually far more imaginative and have sharpened their other senses thus Borges also touching on the figurative conditions of blindness. Judging from

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    Character Development in Blindness When one reads the novel Blindness, they would think it’s about a group of people who are quarantined because of the epidemic. However, if we take a closer look, Jose Saramago was trying to show what it means to human. As the story progresses you notice how the protagonist, The Doctor`s Wife, goes through internal and external character development. Throughout the novel , the character, Doctor’s Wife evolves from quiet housewife to a thoughtful leader, finally

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    When a person ponders the state of blindness, the first thought is usually the impairment of a person’s eyes or the loss of physical vision. However, those who can physically see may possess more blindness than those without sight. In Raymond Carver’s Cathedral, Robert is a blind man who shows the narrator how to look beyond his physical sight and truly “see.” Through interaction with him, Robert instructs the narrator to observe beyond the exterior of a person so as to recognize inner beauty

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    Franz Kafka’s short story The Metamorphosis, becoming a beetle gives Gregor insight on his family. Raymond Carver’s short story The Cathedral, shows Bub, a once judgmental man, the insight on blindness. Before their changes, they were blinded by what was in front of them. Life changes cause Gergor’s and Bub’s perspective to differ from what they once were. In the beginning, both characters are content with life, until changes take place. Bub is happy with his wife, but feels a pit of jealousy as

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    physical world, he has the ability to relate to people on an intimate level and gain a deeper understanding of who they truly are even though he will never be able to see their physical bodies. The narrator, however, suffers from a metaphorical blindness which prevents him from seeing the world in a more empathetic light. Ironically, it takes a blind man to teach the narrator how to truly see the world. The narrator’s thoughts and actions regarding Robert are influenced by his own preconceived

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    Saramago’s Blindness, we see characters in the book have to make difficult decisions during life or death situations, such as guards killing blind people in hopes of not contracting the blindness, blind citizens stealing goods from stores and even people preaching

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    are the one’s who are truly blind. In the short story, “Cathedral”, Carver delves into the issue of blindness. He makes the reader begin to question, is it more important to be physical blind or intellectually blind? Carver juxtaposes the two main characters- the narrator and Robert- by utilizing their differences in order to suggest that intellectual blindness is more limiting than physical blindness. The narrator’s prejudice towards blind people being based upon ideas through media, displays the

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    Symbolic Blindness Sometimes insecurities cause people to judge others or criticize based on assumptions and not see things as they truly are. In the short story “Cathedral” the author Raymond Carver describes a narrator that is sarcastic and critical of his wife’s blind friend that is coming for a visit. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes opens up a whole new way of looking at things. The narrator is not very open to meeting his wife’s friend Robert because he has never known or be

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    support his message of identity and culture. Throughout the story, the narrator’s identity is something that he struggles to find out for himself. Themes of blindness and metaphors for racism help convey the struggle this character faces, and how it can be reflected throughout the world. One theme illustrated in the novel is the metaphor for blindness. Ellison insinuates that both the white and black men are blind, because they do not truly know each other. The white man cannot grasp the racial struggle

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    Blindness is known as the lack of sight and is seen as a disability. This disability is normally thought of as a limitation of what an individual can do. Though what happens when a blind man can see more than his counterpart? Other than being an obvious juxtaposition you get Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral”. “Cathedral” is told from a first-person perspective by an unnamed narrator. The narrator is portrayed at the start of the short story as an ignorant and prejudice man. Carver uses a theme

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    In Jorge Luis Borges 's essay,”Blindness”, the author describes his feelings toward his disability. His primary audience are readers who want to learn more about the author disability and for people who are struggling with similar disabilities. His purpose is trying to interpret how the author dealt with his blindness and sharing his personal life to the Readers. Borges does this by using flashbacks and interprets the flashbacks and the challenges that he had to go through. He goes back and forth

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    In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, the concept of sight and blindness is shown countless times throughout the play. In Oedipus Rex there is both literal blindness and figurative blindness. This play has a character who is blind, which is an example of literal blindness and a character who can see visually but unable to perceive the truth. The concepts of sight and blindness has a major role in Oedipus Rex. It lets the reader know that sight is not only based on what you see, but also based on one’s perspective

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    superior to others and, in this instance, especially to the blind. Due to the narrator’s pretentious attitude, tension between the blind and himself is revealed when he says, “[m]y idea of blindness came from the movies” (279). In Carver’s short story “Cathedral”, the tension between literal and metaphorical blindness is most evident through the narrator’s insensitivity and bitterness towards the blind man. The character of the narrator progresses from a closed minded individual to someone who can look

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    narrator claims a viewpoint with little to no knowledge and creates a barrier between the reader and the depths of who the blind man really is. The narrator exemplifies the human nature of closed mindedness through his journey from his metaphorical blindness to his newfound insight. This short story portrays the transformation of individual's opinions from strictly black and white to a more open and accepting state. People tend to jump to conclusions without being the least bit educated on the subject

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    "My idea of blindness came from the movies… A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (261), a quote by Raymond Carver in his short story, “The Cathedral” about being judged before getting to know someone. A blind man, named Robert, got judged by the narrator, also known as Bub because he based Robert on the idea media placed on the blind during their time. The theme of this story does not always believe stereotypes are the way people truly are. The theme speaks to me because

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