Cathedral Essay

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When most people think of blind people, they tend to picture a person with dark sunglasses, a seeing eye dog, and a walking stick. These are stereotypes and obviously do not remain true in the case of all blind people. In Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral," the main character is jealous and judgmental of his wife’s friend who happens to be a blind man. It is the combination of these attitudes that leads to his own unique “blindness." It is through this initial blindness, that the character gains his greatest vision.

The short story “Cathedral'; includes three characters. These characters include the narrator, his wife, and her blind friend
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The narrator’s wife had worked for Robert as a summer job, many years back. The two had kept in contact with each other through audio tapes. The narrator’s wife shared a special moment with Robert, he rubbed her face and felt her features. The narrator’s wife had written poetry about that occurrence. The fact that his wife felt that way about the event, had the narrator extremely jealous. When his wife tried to play one of the tapes that Robert had sent for her husband, the narrator paid little attention and a small distraction had him on his way. Once the narrator and Robert had a chance to actually sit down and speak with each other, the narrator finally did have an understanding and made some realizations about himself.

Robert, the narrator, and his wife spent a lot of time speaking with each other. They spoke on various subjects, and the narrator learned that Robert was an interesting character. At one point, the narrator’s wife leaves Robert and the narrator alone, during this time, the two men continue speaking and decide to smoke a joint together. Their conversation leads them to the topic of Cathedrals. Robert has never seen a cathedral, and the narrator has never paid too much attention to one. Robert asks the narrator to take his hand and draw a cathedral. They
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