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The Blind Man In Raymond Carver's A Present Cathedral

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A Present Cathedral Cathedral is a short story written by Raymond Carver in 1983, about a prejudiced man who meets a disabled man. Through “Cathedral,” It becomes clear that the visit of the blind man Robert in the narrator’s house may change the narrator from stereotyping to accepting disabled people; this illustrates Carver’s theme which displays human Insensitivity through the narrator’s reluctance because of fear, then acceptance, and finally understanding of Robert. At the beginning, the narrator was reluctant to allow the blind man to come to his house. The narrator’s perception about the blind man comes from the movie he saw, and this preconception influences the narrator’s consent of the blind man in his house. For instance, through Carver’s story, the narrator said, “I was not enthusiastic about his visit. And his being blind bothered me.” The narrator also reported to the readers that “A blind man in my house was not something I was looking forward to” (78). Those words show that the narrator was not excited about the blind man stopping over. In addition to his unwieldy attitude, he said,…show more content…
In addition, being comprehensive allows the narrator to come out of his narrow-mindedness. The talk Robert and the narrator have is sufficient to see that the narrator accepts Robert, especially when the narrator wife asks Robert if he has a TV, and Robert’s answer is: “I have two TVs. I have a color set and a black-and-white thing, an old relic.”(83) Because of the narrator’s acceptance and appreciation, like a human the protagonist opens himself, and he can express his feelings. For example, at the beginning of the second paragraph, and after the blind man answers the protagonist’s wife, the narrator says, “I didn’t know what to say to that. I had absolutely nothing to say to that. No opinion”
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