Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's ' Cathedral

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In Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral,” a blind man named Robert visits a man and his wife in their home for a short period. In the beginning, the husband is very rude to Robert due to his inability to see. However, by the end of Robert’s stay, the husband realizes that he is quite far from being a blind fool. By analyzing the theme, character, and conflict of the short story, the reader will be able to better understand what messages lay within Carver’s writing. First, by analyzing the theme, or central topic of the text, the reader will comprehend what the story is truly about. The most continuous theme in “Cathedral” is the difference between looking and actually seeing. For example, staring at an object without intellectually comprehending its significance is “looking,” whereas the opposite of that would be “seeing.” In the story, before meeting Robert the husband says, “I don’t have any blind Friends” (Carver 34). By saying this, the husband is showing how he looks at things without seeing their inner significance, only their physical appearance. However, though, by the end of the story Robert shows the husband how to see the inner beauty of things by convincing him to draw a picture of a cathedral with his eyes closed. Once the husband sees how terrible the drawing looks, he realizes that it only matters how he sees the cathedral in his own mind, not exactly how it looks on paper. The reader can now see how easily one can overlook the inner beauty of something…
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