Analysis Of Cathedral By Raymond Carver Cathedral

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Seeing Happiness What is happiness? Do people actually have the right to have happiness in their lives? “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver follows the story of the narrator’s jealousy, and ignorance towards his wife’s relationship with Robert a blind man she used to work for. The narrator’s jealousy towards Robert grows with apprehension towards his upcoming visit to their home on his way to see his in-laws. When Robert arrives, however, the narrator begins to warm up to the man he had previously thought very little of. The narrator soon sees that his beliefs and arrogance towards Robert were wrong and miss guided. Despite the narrators earlier suspensions the two men begin to get along, leading the narrator to bring his guard down, and open up.…show more content…
“The narrative device enhances verisimilitude, characterizes and creates sympathy for the narrator…” (Delaney, par.12). This first person style helps to include the readers into the story, itself, as they are more able to understand and connect with the narrator and other characters in the story. By using this type of narrative, readers are more able to see the narrator’s point of view, and a side of the story that would not have been available otherwise. “Cathedral” is an effective short story because the central determiners trap the reader within a closed-off, narrow-minded man as he undergoes a spiritual awakening” (Peterson, pg.168). The reader is not only allowed to go through the same learning process as the narrator, but the readers also get to understand how the narrator grew as a…show more content…
The cathedral represents more than just a fancy hundred year old building, it also represents sight. Before the narrator and Robert go through their spiritual connection, the narrator’s life was pretty much black and white, he could see and Robert could not. However, when Robert asks the narrator to describe to him what a cathedral looks like, the narrator found that he was unable to form the words to fully describe what it looked like. “You’ll have to forgive me…” the narrator stated, “But I can’t tell you what a cathedral looks like. It just isn’t in me to do it” (Carver, pg.527). Unable to form the words to describe the cathedral, Robert suggests an alternative for the narrator to try. Up until this moment in the story the narrator was not a spiritual man, of course, that is until he began to draw. The real moment of symbolism however, was not until Robert placed his hand upon the narrators, helping to guide and feel the shapes of a cathedral through the narrator’s own interpretation. By opening up to Robert, and experiencing the moment of true sight the narrator was finally able to “see” something he had previously not been able to,

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