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The husband in Raymond Carvers “Cathedral” wasn’t enthusiastic about his wife’s old friend, whom was a blind man coming over to spend the night with them. His wife had kept in touch with the blind man since she worked for him in Seattle years ago. He didn’t know the blind man; he only heard tapes and stories about him. The man being blind bothered him, “My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to. (Carver 137)” The husband doesn’t suspect his ideas of blind people to be anything else. The husband is already judging what the blind man will be like without even getting to actually know him. It seems he has judged too soon as his ideas of the blind man change and he gets a better understanding of not only the blind man, but his self as well.
At first, the husband has an attitude that he doesn’t care about this blind man that’s friends with his wife. Then it almost seems like his uncaring attitude turns into somewhat of a jealousy about the blind man as his wife is always talking about him, and showing her husband the tapes they recorded that got sent back and forth to one another. When the husband and wife were talking to each other about the blind man’s life, the husband responds to his wife with now an almost jealous attitude. The blind man lost his wife as she had just passed away, and he talks about her name Beulah thinking, “Beulah’s a good name for a colored woman. (Carver 139)” He then asks his wife “Was his wife Negro? (Carver 139)” His wife started getting upset as he didn’t seem to care or try to understand and asked, “Are you crazy? (Carver 139)” She went on to e...


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...thedral together, so the husband got paper bag and a pen to draw on. They began drawing and after a few minutes, the blind man asked the husband to close his eyes and keep drawing. The husband felt different than he’d ever felt in his life. He kept his eyes closed when the blind man told him to open them and look, the husband replied, “It’s really something. (Carver 147)” The husband never thought he would have the experience he did with the blind man, as they basically became friends. The husband’s view of a blind person had changed. He saw life from a blind man’s perspective and actually appreciated it. Never judge a book by its cover, as you have no idea what may be inside of it.



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Charters, Ann & Samuel. Literature and its Writers. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013. 137-147. Print.
Carver, Raymond. Cathedral. London: Vintage, 2003. Print.



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