Analysis Of Raymond Carver 's Cathedral

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As if someone has unlocked his prison cell to liberate him of his stereotypical point of view. The protagonist of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” was an individual whose stagnant mind has blind him from truly seeing the aspects and characteristics of people around him. Before meeting his wife’s blind friend whose name is Robert, the protagonist perceives reality with a stereotypical mind-set shaped by misleading information from movies. Hence, he make judgement about other people without ever setting his foot inside their shoes. Robert whose character, in an academic sense acts like a teacher, helps enlighten the protagonist’s mind by through his appearance, and actions. Raymond Carver explores how individuals with stereotypical perspective are metaphorically blind, but he also reassures readers that it is possible for these people to broaden their knowledge when they learn how to be empathetic. One of the first impression that Carver wants his readers to notice about the protagonist’s stereotypical point of view is that it can stagnate a person’s mind—metaphorically blinding them of the physical world. The intro of the story begins with the protagonist bluntly referring to Robert as “this blind man, an old friend of my wife’s” (1). Instead of introducing Robert by his name, the protagonist cites him plainly as “this blind man” reducing Robert’s attribution as a human being. So instead of using a well-off phrase to refer to Robert without using his name. The narrator uses the
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