Raymond Carver Cathedral Essay

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In “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator creates a connection with the blind man. He not only overcomes stereotypes, but also conquers his own blindness to the world around him. His whole perspective of blind men changes when he is told to close his own eyes and draw a cathedral with Robert (the blind man), therefore leading him to overcome his own “blindness”. As “Cathedral” begins, the narrator speaks in a very conversational tone, he starts showing signs of his own blindness when he doesn’t understand why his wife writes poems. He says, “I didn’t think much of the poem. Of course, I didn’t tell her that. Maybe I just don’t understand poetry” (200). He continues his misunderstandings with other concepts such as believing in religion …show more content…

He starts out by only referring to Robert as “the blind man” (201). not even giving him a proper title or name, rather giving him just what he is simply known for (being blind). This shows that to the narrator Robert is nothing more than just a handicapped man rather than a person. The narrator starts by creating a stereotype of blind men always having to wear glasses to cover their eyes. He says “But he didn’t use a cane and didn’t wear glasses. I’d always thought dark glasses were a must for the blind. Fact was, I wished he had a pair” (203). This not only shows his assumption of blind men having to wear glasses but also how he wishes that the blind man would wear glasses because of his own discomfort. He also creates a stereotype that blind men don’t smoke, he states, “ I remembered having read somewhere that the blind didn’t smoke because, as speculation had it, they couldn’t see the smoke they exhaled...but this blind man smoked his cigarette down to the nubbin and then lit another one” (204). Displaying that there was yet another assumption of the narrator’s that was proven incorrect by the blind man himself. Such assumptions continue throughout the story with his shock of how Robert has two televisions as well as how the blind man “right away located his foods” and how “he [the blind man] knew just where everything was on his plate” (204). Such actions by the blind man impressed the narrator because throughout most the story he never see’s past the fact that Robert is

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