Cathedral, a Story Review Essay

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Have you ever closed your eyes and envisioned a world of nothing? Have you ever stopped and pondered what it would be like to have never seen the sunrise, fireworks or even your own face? For many, the answer is yes, but for even more the answer is no. People seldom take the time to understand and appreciate the uniqueness that each of us possesses. For this reason, people are often uneducated about those individuals who live with various disabilities on a daily basis. Society has become so accustomed to turning a cold shoulder to those members who are less fortunate by no fault of their own and now this cruel behavior of discrimination is somewhat the norm in the world today. In the short story, Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, a man named …show more content…
Bub is extremely apprehensive about Robert being in his house. Bub is not only uneasy about the man because he is a stranger but more so that he is blind.

Bub's wife had read for Robert ten years prior to the visit and the two had kept in touch by sending videos to each other. Bub's wife, however, does not share in his discrimination of blind people. She felt that working for Robert was something extraordinarily meaningful that had happened in her life.

Although Robert has just lost his wife, this is no excuse for Bub to show any courtesy to the man; after all he is a stranger. He even jokes with his wife about taking the man bowling. Bub finds it hard to believe that a woman, Beulah, Robert's wife, would want to marry a blind man. Bub is convinced that Beulah must have had a calamitous life with the blind man. Bub is so exhausted with the fact that Robert never knew what his wife's face looked like and cannot understand why the blind man rubbed her face.

When Robert arrives at the home, Bub is nervous about the conversation topics he wants to bring up. He is unsure what to talk about with the blind man because he perceives him as unequal from everyone else. Bub does not understand that he can talk to Robert just as he would his wife. Bub describes Robert in full detail almost as if he were expecting "blind people" to be wearing special clothing. He makes special reference to