Analysis Of The Story ' The Cathedral '

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Insecure people have to make excuses and put other people down to feel confident. “Confidence is not walking into a room with your nose in the air, thinking you’re better than everyone else. It’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone in the first place. Everyone has been guilty of putting someone else down, for personal gain. Ego is associated with confidence and often clouds our perception of others, making us feel superior to others and that is portrayed in these three short stories.

Short story “Cathedral,” narrated by a husband who expresses his feelings toward his wife’s legally blind old friend and former boss, Robert. Robert had lost his wife to cancer recently and was invited by the narrated wife to stay with she and her husband for a little while. Unfortunately, her husband is not fond of the idea and thinks to himself “a blind man in my house is not something I looked forward too.” Upon Roberts arrival, the husband expresses stereotypical remark when he says he believed all blind men had black glasses and a cane, “but Robert did not.” After Robert gets settled in, the husband belittles Robert asking him questions like “what side of the train did you sit on, by the way?” We assume the husband feels as if Robert is incapable of things a man with vision could do. The husband soon begins admiring Robert, expressing his admiration for Robert, how well he coordinated the knife when at dinner and Roberts ability to know what side of the train…
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