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Who Is The Narrator In Cathedral

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Just from reading “Cathedral” the first time, I got the impression that the narrator fits into the mold labeled “asshole”. After reading it a couple more times I began to sift through his layers and draw up some conclusions and theories about all the little meanings the narrator has folded into his mocking tone. On the surface, the narrator gives the impression of an entitled and dismissive man. He expresses bitterness about a blind man coming into is home, sleeping under his roof. We can see understand this when he says, “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me.” The narrator often states how disgruntled the blind man staying with them makes him. He assumes numerous things about Robert based purely on stereotypes, movies he’s seen etc. He doesn't expect Robert to have a beard for example. He wonders to himself, why would a blind man have a beard? Someone who because they can’t see, must have no concept of what having a beard means. That most often being a dignified and macho…show more content…
This becomes more obvious when Robert and the narrator watch/listen to the TV program on cathedrals. When the narrator starts to draw the cathedral with his eyes closed, guiding Robert’s hand, he has somewhat of an epiphany. He thinks to himself, “My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But I didn’t feel like I was inside anything.” He can’t see what he’s drawing, but that doesn’t matter because he understands what a cathedral looks like. He can trace its shape, helping Robert to understand it’s shape too. Robert won’t be able to see it but he will still understand. The narrator has a moment of realization that feeling something, physically or mentally, can lead to an understanding more profound than if you were to just look with your
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