Robert is more open minded and willing to experience things, in contrast to Bub, who is narrow minded and has problems opening up his mind throughout the short story. Because the protagonist does not fully try to understand his wife, it makes him look like the blind person ironically though he can visually recognize her, proving that he does not truly know her inside and out. Knowing her personally is more of reality and the husband is blind to reality. Carver definitely analyzes the protagonist’s emotions through diction and visual aid throughout the story, providing great understanding of the meaning as a
In the end it is ironic that even though the narrator was attempting to teach Robert something it was the he who seemed to gain the most from the experience. The blind man and their drawing of the Cathedral are able to defy his previous conceptions of life and thus open a vast array of new possibilities. We are left wondering how much more the narrator learned about himself and about human communication than the blind man has learnt about cathedrals. Bibliography: Carver, Raymond. Cathedral.
In the beginning of the story, the narrator voices that his “idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to.” But while watching, and hearing the way Robert did things changed the way
The narrator is not happy about the blind mans stay because it makes him feel awkward. “and his being blind bothered me. My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movie the blind move slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs.
An impairment, whether physical or mental, doesn’t always prevent a person from enjoying life. Carver’s short story Cathedral is an excellent example in this case, as a longtime friend and visitor Robert teaches the narrator a life lesson. In turn, such a lesson ultimately transforms one’s opinion about visual impairment and indicates that figurative blindness can have a much greater negative impact on one’s life and relationship. However, it takes an entire story to do so because at first, the narrator is hostile to the idea of a visit. This becomes evident though his lack of experience with blind forks, negative remarks about the tapes, and jealousy of a long-standing relationship between Robert and main character’s wife.
It’s Raymond’s blindness which eventually allows the narrator to see. The one thing that the narrator thought made him superior to Raymond, the ability to visualize what’s around him, is actually what’s made him inferior this entire time and only through experiencing the world as Raymond experiences it is he able to understand that there is much more to life than just looking at things from the outside. He realizes that in order to be able to sincerely appreciate his surroundings he needs to take more time to sit down and think about the things in front of him, even the ever... ... middle of paper ... ...rrator and his wife describe drinking as a hobby of theirs, Carter was in a league of his own when it came to drinking, which would eventually be what killed him. There was a brief period in which he had claimed to have given up writing for drinking, and the heavy drinking caused his health to deteriorate which lead to a premature death. Carver’s style being described as “dirty realism,” meaning that he typically focused on lower or middle-class people for whom suffering was not uncommon.
He basically jumps out of conclusion based on his knowledge of blind people, which seems to be a negative mentality. Throughout the reading the narrator’s prejudice makes him emotionally blind. His inability to see past Robert’s disability, which caused him to have a lot of discomfort towards his wife. While, he admits that some-things are simply beyond his understanding, his limited awareness completely blinds him to the reality of the world. At times it seems as if he’s jealous of Robert’s interaction with his wife.
Readers are often charmed and disarmed by his brave, fresh attitude; it may take a few readings to break through this wall of seemingly godly wisdom in 'Self-Reliance.' The glittery facade, however, eventually fades. With time, it becomes clear that Emerson precisely constructs and calculates the wording and paragraphs of his essay to appeal to readers' emotions rather than their reason. Not all Emerson's work should be shunned. Let us consider his argument's values as well as its shortcomings and give him more of a chance than he gives society.
Holden is able to call people out on their phoniness, after knowing how it feels to be genuinely cared for by people he loves. Though pointing out other’s phoniness has become an automatic reaction after meeting new people, although one can see that there are characteristics of Holden that fit his personalized criteria of a phony. However, through the novel, it seems the author does not intend for all of Holden’s claims of phoniness to be taken seriously, as out of all of the people he has met, only a few are seen as genuine. In J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”, the novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, by being forced to grow up, has become extremely judgemental of others, and while he calls other’s phonies, he himself is one.
The husband had a preconceived notion about Robert because he had no experience around blind people. He admits that his knowledge of blindness came from watching movies. The husband found it hard to believe that Robert had a beard, that he could tell the difference between a color television and a black and white television, and that he had eyes that looked (even if they did not see) just like everyone else’s. The husband underestimates Robert because he has made a judgment about him based not on knowledge or experience but only on ignorance. He dismisses Robert not just because his wife is giving him so much attention, but because Robert is different.