Robert's Blindness

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The narrator in the play is portrayed as superficial, self-centered, and egotistical. Although his actions demonstrate his character he lacks comprehension in the way relationships and people are presented to him, which clearly shows his tragic flaw: although Robert takes the place of a physically blind character the narrator is one who is mentally blind. In the husband's eyes, Robert’s blindness is his identifier. In actuality, any prejudice—based on gender; race, or disability—takes form in a person who lacks the ability to look past false qualities. People who discriminate other people based on characteristics only see the features, but not the actual person. Without thinking the husband placed Robert in his own group, in which he expresses…show more content…
All the difficult details of the narrator’s wife’s past, including her marriage, suicide attempt, and divorce, have been recorded and sent to Robert, who has recorded responses in return. Robert is the person to whom the narrator’s wife has turned to when she needed to talk. The narrator’s wife is glad to see him, but since he cannot see her, their interaction is only slightly different from the back-and-forth conversation they’ve been carrying on through the tapes. I believe that the relationship between the Robert and the narrator’s wife very healthy. This makes the narrator extremely jealous of their relationship, “They talk of things that had happened to them – to them! – These past ten years. I waited in vain to hear my name on my wife’s sweet lips.”(37) His relationship with his wife has been extremely distant because of his inability to focus on her instead of his drugs ,“And I guess I was. Every night I smoked dope and stayed up as long as I could before I fell asleep. My wife and I hardly ever went to bed at the same time.”(390)
2. Is there some significance in the object that the two men focus their energies on at the conclusion of the story? What if their project had been focusing on something else? Do the narrator and reader share a recognition of the symbolic value of the cathedral? (200 words
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