The Theme Of Blindness In 'Cathedral' By Raymond Carver

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As we gain knowledge we gain understanding, giving us a different view of the world. In the story, “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the author takes us through a day in the life of a husband who is forced by his wife to meet and entertain her longtime friend Robert- who happens to be blind. The husband is not exactly excited by this visit. The author illustrates the characters’ development beginning as apprehensive and jealous, transitioning to more of an uncomfortable feeling, and finally ending with acceptance as the husband is put into a situation where he gains a new understanding of the blind man. He ends the story with his eyes closed and a mind open to a new view of the world.
As the story begins, the author seems to portray the main character as apprehensive and jealous. As he narrates the story, the husband opens with a blunt statement, “his being blind bothered me.” (34) It immediately gives the reader the impression that he was very upset about the situation he was put in. The husband seems more concerned with the fact that the man is blind and states later that his “idea of blindness came from movies.” (34) Giving once again an example of how uncomfortable and really uninformed he was. The husband has a stereotypical view of what a blind person should be like and sticks to those thoughts throughout the beginning of the story. This gives the impression that he feels that blindness is more of a handicap and make Robert unrelatable. He also seemed to be jealous of the
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