The Use Of Vision In Cathedral By Raymond Carver

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“Cathedral” by Raymond Carver is a story that focuses on sight, it specifically highlights vision by demonstrating how it requires a much deeper engagement. The narrator, who Robert calls “Bub,” is astonishingly shortsighted or “blind” while Robert (the actual blind man) is insightful and perceptive. Bub assumes that he is superior to Robert because he has his sight. He also assumes that Robert is unable to make a female happy, nor lead a normal life. Bub is convinced his ability to see is everything but ironically enough, he fails see beyond the surface of things which is why he doesn’t know his wife adequately. However, Robert sees much deeper than the narrator despite his inability to look at the surface. This ability to look deeper helps him understand, he does so by listening and touching. Throughout Robert’s visit, the narrator reveals he is closed minded and exposes how he views life in general. Bub is clobbered and it brings him to the epiphany that his views about Robert mirror his views of his life. His epiphany is shown through the author's use of appearance vs reality, irony, and vernacular dialogue; which shows Bub’s preconceived notations, the connection formed between Bub and Robert, and how out of obliviousness Bub gained insight. Clobbered can be defined in two ways; “to better severely, strike heavily, or to defeat decisively” or “drub, trounce, to denounce, or criticize vigorously” (Dictionary.com). An epiphany is “usually a sudden perception of
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