Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's ' Cathedral '

1097 Words Sep 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Karina A. Burr
Instructor Barbra Green
Writing 102
11 September 2015
Cathedral by Raymond Carver In this short story by Raymond Carver begins with a man whose wife invited a good friend over named Robert and is blind. Before Roberts Arrival, the wife’s husband, whose name is Bub, does not know what to make out of his wife’s good friend Robert coming over to their house. Carver utilizes a story of a blind man who changes Bub’s outlook in life. Through the narrators changing character, theme of loneliness and jealousy, and the cathedral being a symbol at the end of the story, this brings together a powerful message in the story when one blind man and one man with sight share an evening together drawing out a cathedral. The theme of this story plays a strong role of physical and psychological blindness. The narrator has sight and is not blind. But it seems as if the narrator is blinded by his own personality. He is too quick to judge a blind man who he has not even met yet but judge a blind man because of what he saw on television. Bub, the narrator says, “"And his being blind bothered me. My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing dogs-eye dogs." (Carver 299). It is also seen that Robert always refers the man as “the blind man” rather than Robert. The narrator sees him not as human-like because of his disability. The author lets the audience know that even though a man may…
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