Main Characters In Cathedral By Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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The title of the story is “Cathedral”, which was published in 1983. The author of the story is Raymond Carver who was an American, born in Oregon, that lived from 1938 until 1988. There are three main characters in the story. There is the husband, who was not named, that narrates the entire story. He seems to be very jealous of the blind man and uneasy about his visit to his home. There is the wife, who is also unnamed, that is very excited for the blind man to visit her home since she has not seen him in years. She is insistent that her husband be a good host and treat her guest with dignity and respect. Last, we have the blind man named Robert. He is an easygoing and caring man whose wife has just died. Robert seems to be able to care…show more content…
Once complete with dinner they all moved into the living room for more conversation, more drinks, to smoke some marijuana, and watch some television. After a while, the wife falls asleep on the couch and leaves Robert and her husband awake to talk amongst themselves. The two of them end up watching a program on TV about the church and the middle ages where they are showing and discussing cathedrals. The blind man then asked the husband to describe to him what cathedrals looked like. The husband was having a hard time describing them to the blind man in an effective way, so the blind man suggested that they draw one together. The husband grabbed some heavy paper and a pencil and sat down to draw the cathedral. The blind man put his hand over the hand of the husband as he drew the cathedral on the paper so that he could feel what he was drawing. The blind man then had him close his eyes and continue to draw the cathedral. The story ends when the blind man tells the husband to open his eyes and tell him how the drawing ended up. The husband kept his eyes closed and said, “It’s really something.” The style and language of the story is very simple, clear, and very easy to understand. Some would call it “minimalistic”, even though Raymond Carver does not care for this term at all. His writing is very lean with little excess. An example of this is when the exchange of the audio tapes is discussed. The
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