The Narrator Of The Cathedral

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The narrator of the Cathedral is a unique and interesting character. He possesses several undesirable qualities, which he displays throughout the story. As protagonist he is a shallow, insensitive, ignorant and jealous individual. The author shows evidence of this through the narrator interaction with other characters, and his choice of words, when describing other characters. However, at the end of the story we witness the transformation of the narrator and the opening of his eyes as the story unfold. The narrator ‘s insensitivity was witness at the beginning of the story. He is not supportive of his wife after her announcement of the visit of an old friend name Raymond. Raymond was blind and his wife recently passed away. After hearing of the visit the narrator made his indifference for the blind man known: “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (Carver 299). He never expressed sympathetic toward Robert for his current lost, and failed to understand that familiar face might be comforting to him during his time of grief. Instead the protagonist continues to being insensitive, by insulting choices and action of others: “It was a little wedding- who want to go to such a wedding in the first place? – just the two of them, plus the minister and the minister’s wife” (Carver 301-302). Robert lost did not stop the main character from speaking about her in an
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