Raymond Carver, the author of “Cathedral” uses characterization to describe the main character, the narrator’s development in the story upon meeting a blind man. This blind man, Robert, unintentionally changes the narrator’s perspective on life and on himself. The narrator first starts off as an arrogant, close minded individual who later opens his mind and is introduced to new perspectives of life. The most important element used in this writing is characterization because it makes the reader change perspectives on how the narrator develops throughout the story and deeply goes into a lot of detail to support the narrator’s development. good thesis, but the wording is a little bland and lifeless
One example that shows that the husband is "blind" is shown in the beginning of the story before Robert arrives to his home. When the husband and wife talk about Robert, the husband usually refers to him as "This blind man..." (Carver 237). The narrator never uses Robert’s name when referring to him. This shows that the husband does not really see Robert as a person, but just as a blind man who is different because of his disability to physically see. When Robert arrives to the house, the husband does not know what to say to him. The husband asks questions that would normally be unacceptable to ask a blind person about the view from the train. “Which side of the train did you sit on?” (240). The husband knows that Robert cannot see the view, but he asks him rude questions anyway. The husband also thinks to himself, "I didn’t know what to say to that,” (242). This is a clear indication that the narrator does not know how to relate to Robert. Both of these quotations show that the husband does not know what to talk about with Robert becau...
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...ry there are many instances in which the narrator seems to dislike Robert, in which case it is because he is “blind”. Not only is he blinded in the way that he cannot understand Robert, but it leads him to believe that Robert is not human at all because of his disability that he possess. The narrator develops with the aid of Robert, to see Robert as an actual human being. Raymond Carver gives the narrator a transformation through characterization as well as the aid of Robert to show his development and progression throughout the story.
Nice job on this, Alex. I like the thesis, and it is developed well, but it isn’t that terribly complex. It didn’t flow that well in the beginning, but it got better. Very clear, but style and higher-level thinking will help you get to the A zone. clarity: A-, thesis development: B, evidence: B+, style: B-, convention: B. overall: B
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