The author shows that the narrator’s stubbornness affects both his relationship with his wife, and his personal evocation of emotions. In Raymond Carvers “Cathedral”, we see the struggles of overcoming prejudices tackled throughout the narrative, as depicted through motifs, and symbols. From the beginning the narrator’s preconceived notions of this man are very apparent. His wife informs him that the blind man, a friend of hers, would be visiting after the passing of his wife. Immediately the narrator detests this idea claiming that blind men “moved slow,” and “never laughed.” The narrator claims that his preconceived notions come from the way that blind individuals are depicted in Hollywood movies.
Cathedral: A Lesson for the Ages Raymond Carver’s short story, “Cathedral,” portrays a story in which many in today’s society can relate. We are introduced from the first sentence of the story to a man that seems to be perturbed and agitated. As readers, we are initially unsure to the reasoning’s behind the man’s discomfort. The man, who seems to be a direct portrayal of Raymond Carver himself, shows his ignorance by stereotyping a blind man by the name of Robert, who has come to stay with he and his wife. From the very beginning, Carver shows his detest for Robert but over the course of the story eases into comfort with him and in the end is taught a lesson from the very one he despised.
When the blind man pulls up, the narrator is already being judgmental and prejudiced towards the blind man. He does not even the slightest open mind about meeting this man that his wife has such a good relationship with. In the story Cathedral, Raymond Carver uses metaphoric symbols, an object title, and a dialect style to get across the message that you cannot judge someone you have never met and the difference between looking and seeing things in a different perspective. The wife begins to explain to her husband that a close friend of hers is going to stay with them. She does explain how he met the blind man to her husband but that still doesn’t stop him from being jealous and judgmental.
One other way the authors use the characters is through character development related to the plot. The husband is a character who we see change through the story. At the beginning we learn that he does not want anything to do with the blind man because his blindness makes him uncomfortable. Truth be told though he had never met a blind man and through the story we see him start to question his own discomfort an example of this is when the husband states, “I remember having read somewhere that the blind didn’t smoke because as speculation had, they couldn’t see the smoke they exhaled. I thought I knew that much and that much only about blind people.
Blindness in Raymond Carver's Cathedral Blindness creates a world of obscurity only to be overcome with guidance from someone willing to become intimate with the blind. Equally true, the perceptions of blindness can only be overcome when the blind allow intimacy with the sighted. Raymond Carver, with his short story Cathedral, illustrates this point through the eyes of a man who will be spending an evening with a blind man, Robert, for the first time. Not only does this man not know Robert, but his being blind, "bothered" (Carver 98) him. His, "idea of blindness came from the movies", where, "...the blind move slowly and never laughed" (Carver 98).
This disconnect is apparent throughout the short story, especially when the wife and the protagonist are talking about his wife’s blind friend, Robert, coming to visit. In this passage the unnamed protagonist nonchalantly states that he could take the blind man bowling. The protagonist’s wife responds to his crude comment with, “If you love me, you can do this for me. If you don’t love me, okay. But if you had a friend, any friend, and the friend came to visit, I’d make him feel comfortable.” (Carver 107).
I have read her chapbook The Branches, the Axe, the Missing” several times and her words stirred in me the need to tap into my own emotions when I write my poetry. The amount of time she ponders regarding her relationship with her father appeals to my artistic inclination to explore further in my own poetry some of the relationships that have come and gone in my own life. Specifically, her work speaks to a long dormant relationship I had with my own father, a conflict that became an empty hole upon his death years ago. Her poems such as pages “Eighteen and “Twenty-six” were my favorite poems in her book. I have read poem twenty-six several times and have read it aloud to myself in the mirror.
The grandmother begged the Misfit for mercy and told him, "`I'll give you all the money I've got!'" His reply was, "`There never was a body that give the undertaker a tip,'" which was his way of foreshadowing her near death. Thus, Flannery O'Connor used strong imagery to provide foreshadowing to her readers of the inevitable ending of her "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." She first gave her readers a taste of the ending by mentioning the behavior and activities of the characters and also by describing the place of the family's last place of visit on earth, which built her readers' curiosity. Her foreshadowing images are both strong and obscure so as not to spoil the surprising ending of the story.
The husband certainly has people issues, as he cannot maintain a positive conversation. With that, it brings me to the point of discussion on when the blind man actually arrives. The husband treats the blind man (whom is now deemed Robert) like an alien. The husband’s small talk of trains and whiskey and scotch leads him to think that the only thing he knew about blind people were that they didn’t smoke because they couldn’t see the exhaled remnants.
Also, many readers may see the Misfit as a worthless character to receive God’s grace due to his dreadful actions throughout the story; however, O’Connor reveals the clarity and, most importantly, self-awareness that the Misfit experiences at the end of the story. In the story, the grandmother is more concerned with her outlook and pays a lot of details to her dress to make sure she is recognized as a woman, so that “anyone seeing her dead on... ... middle of paper ... ... the Misfit is open to receive grace. Although the Misfit claimed that there is “no pleasure, but meanness” in life, at the end, he denies that there is any pleasure in life at all and that killing has failed to bring him happiness. Therefore, when his two partners return and reminding the Misfit of how fun is to kill, the Misfit shuts them up and says “it’s no real pleasure in life”. In conclusion, the author points out that God’s grace is available to anyone and it is never too late to ask for forgiveness.