Carver deftly describes the way the husband looks at life: from a very narrow-minded point of view. Two instances in particular illustrate this. The first is that the husband seems to believe that the most important thing to women is being complimented on their looks; the second is that he is unable to imagine his wife’s friend Robert as a person, only as a blind man. Carver consistently characterizes the husband as the real blind man because he is ignorant of so many simple things in life. One of the first hints of the husband’s blindness is addressed early in the story when the husband thinks about the blind man’s wife and says, Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one.
He even questions the reader's ability to see, "Who knows but that, on some lower frequencies, I speak for you?" What Ellison does well is the evolution of the narrator's blindness. The blindness motif seems to first show up at the battle royal. The blindfold scares the narrator. He was not used to darkness, and it put him in a "blind terror."
His materialistic views shine through when he feels actually pity for her because she could "never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one" (349). His lack of compassion for the tale of the blind man's marriage tells the reader that maybe the husband himself doesn't believe in love. When he refers to his wife's first husband as "this man who'd first enjoyed her favors" and "shrugs" when he thinks his wife is disappointed in his actions, it informs the reader he may look at relationships, even his own, as more of a business deal than a devotion of love (348, 350). His wry humor is major indication of his sarcastic character. He even makes a crack to his wife about the blind man befo... ... middle of paper ... ... creation, asking him what he thinks, the husband keeps his eyes closed, feeling it something he "ought to do."
Carver shows the change of the husband’s personality from being awkward around Robert than becoming aware of that the blind man is a person and not unimportant. In Raymond Carver’s ”Cathedral”, Carver brings out the idea of sacred blindness and ruined marriage to show what’s wrong with the current world. Carver designed the husband’s background through his unknown blindness of the modern world. The husband sees his wife’s blind friend as disabled and not as a person. The narrator is not happy about the blind mans stay because it makes him feel awkward.
The characteristic that Bub projects predominantly is the ability to be judgmental. He judges the life experiences and hardships that he does not seem to grasp. Bub’s judgments throughout the story seem to be solely placed on Robert who the narrator deems as “this blind man” (33). Initially, the narrator comments, “His being blind bothered me. My idea of blindness came from the movies.” (33) The narrator had never known someone who was blind, he took a defensive and naïve approach to his condition.
The opening line of "Cathedral" reads, "This blind man, an old friend of my wife’s, he was on his way to spend the night" (1052). Clearly, the narrator cannot see past Robert’s disability; he dismisses him in the same way a white racist might dismiss a black person. In reality, any prejudice—be it based on gender, race, or disability—involves a person’s inability to look past a superficial quality. People who judge a person based on such a characteristic are only seeing the particular aspect of the person that makes them uncomfortable. They are not seeing the whole person.
This quote is an example of how people are blind and do not see the narrator. The narrator realizes that the man had insulted him because he did not see him. Blindness is a recurring theme in the novel, and shows how people refuse to see the truth in their community. Another example of blindness in the beginning of the novel is the battle royal that the narrator is forced to take part in. All of the fighters are blindfolded, and therefore are blind to see how the white people are taking advantage of them.
In the beginning of the story “Cathedral”, the narrator is unhappy that Robert will be coming to visit him and his wife because he discriminates those who are blind. Before Robert comes over, the narrator admits that Robert “being blind bothered him” and that his “idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the ... ... middle of paper ... ...story, “Cathedral”, the narrator transformed from being arrogant and prejudice man to an understanding and open-minded person. What the man did not know is that he was blind too, not physically, but mentally because he was prejudice. The narrator was not able to accept the fact that his wife’s blind friend, Robert was visiting their house, but after his wife begged him, he felt as if he wanted to make her happy.
Her blindness about his thoughts and feelings makes him hat... ... middle of paper ... ...nd pray because she thinks she is only drunk. This is may be considered somewhat ironic. However, Bigger could also be considered 'blind' in this situation because he doesn't see what he is doing and how it will eventually end his own life. There are other instances where Richard Wright uses 'blindness' as a symbol. Bigger considers the whites 'blind' of blacks and blacks 'blind' of freedom after he kills.
The novel Blindness The sinners dealt with in our past novels and the present novel Blindness empathetically been assigned the trait of ignorance. Thus, providing the root of sin and degration of lives, as relating to the treatment of people in the short story Somni in the novel Cloud Atlas. Focusing on Blindness, the ungreedy are horribly dealt with by the thugs with a "conscience with teeth to bite" (18). This quality of man is the result of how humans sometimes favor short-term luxuries over long term consequences. This can be related to the car thief of the blind man near the beginning of the novel.