The Character of the Husband in Raymond Carver's Story "Cathedral" In Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," the husband's view of blind men is changed when he encounters his wife's long time friend, Robert. His narrow minded views and prejudice thoughts of one stereotype are altered by a single experience he has with Robert. The husband is changed when he thinks he personally sees the blind man's world. Somehow, the blind man breaks through all of the husband's jealousy, incompetence for discernment, and prejudgments in a single moment of understanding. From the beginning of his tale, the husband is quite bland on the subject of love.
Cathedral I found ‘Cathedral’ to be a very warming story. Throughout Carver’ story, we meet a blind man, a wife, and the wife’s husband. Three very particular and determined people in their own way. We quickly learn that the story is told from the husband’s point of view, where he starts his story off explaining that a blind man is coming to stay with them while he visits his dead wife’s relatives. The husband is quick to acknowledge the fact he is not happy with having a blind man in his house, let alone a man he has never met but on tape, and a man that has an unusual relationship with his wife.
He and his family moved to Whittier, California, where his families settled in for long time after his ranch failed. His families opened a grocery store and a gas station where his whole family worked to maintain their lives. Nixon taught himself to read before he entered to elementary school. He got accepted from Harvard with some scholarship; however, he was forced by his parents to stay because of financial difficulties. Rather than moving to the Eastern parts, he went to Whittier College in September 1930.
At age nineteen she dropped out of college and married her high school sweetheart as she felt she was wasting her time and money at college when she didn’t know what she truly wanted to do. Shortly after, Wendy found a factory job at Wynn’s molded plastics working in quality control where she inspected products before they left the factory. She needed this income to support her and her husband who were just starting out. Wendy’s marriage to her high school sweet heart came to an end and shortly after she found a new job working for Federal Department Stores as a cash office supervisor where she handled incoming cash and credit cards. This job was less physically taxing and the pay was better.
Because of this, he declared at age 14 that he only wanted to become a writer (Biography in depth). During his summers, he worked as hired help on several nearby ranches, which would later serve as inspiration for The Red Pony stories. After nearly dying from pneumonia in 1918, Steinbeck graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and went to Stanford as an English major (New World Encyclopedia). In 1925, after several years of sporadic attendance, Steinbeck dropped out of Stanford and moved to New York City in order to pursue his dream of becoming a writer (French 13). This, however, was not his big break, and moved to his parents' summer home in Pacific Grove, California in 1928 (New World Encyclopedia).
After living at his fathers for some time, he decided to move from relative to relatives’ house, then soon moving into his mother’s house and her boyfriend, and soon to be husband Pat O’Connor. Not being able to stand his stepfather Kurt had decided to sleep wherever he could from 1984 to 1985. As high school passed by Kurt began to do more drinking and doing drugs more often. Senior year he decided to drop out of high school due to being bullied by students because he chose art and music over sports (rollingstones.com). He then met and soon became friends with Buzz Osbourne, a local band member of “The Melvin’s” who previously Kurt had listened to and attended their gigs and also introduced him to band such as “Sex Pistols”.
My dad spends as long as he can at the office, trying to get as much done as he can. It got to the point where his boss told him if he wanted to he could work from home; his boss thought he spent too much time at work. My mom will not admit she is a work-alcoholic, but ever since my brothers and I all started to go to school she started trying to find more work to do. She currently has three jobs that she constantly juggling. One is a sectary job at a middle school, the next one is a coaching job at the high school, and the final job is a photography business that both my mom and my dad own and run together.
Poe soon left home and with the help of Allan he attended the University of Virginia but was only there for one semester due to the lack of money from Allan to continue his studies. Even though he attended only for a month this helped Poe become a great writer later in his life. Poe then returned to Richmond to his fiancé Elmira Royster but soon figured out that she got engaged to another man. This made Poe think about how lonely he was in life and it affected the way him and his writing. Poe had other issues coming his way.
When the blind man pulls up, the narrator is already being judgmental and prejudiced towards the blind man. He does not even the slightest open mind about meeting this man that his wife has such a good relationship with. In the story Cathedral, Raymond Carver uses metaphoric symbols, an object title, and a dialect style to get across the message that you cannot judge someone you have never met and the difference between looking and seeing things in a different perspective. The wife begins to explain to her husband that a close friend of hers is going to stay with them. She does explain how he met the blind man to her husband but that still doesn’t stop him from being jealous and judgmental.
His father suffered from alcoholism. This problem led to Anthony’s father being laid off and after selling everything they owned, Anthony’s family was kicked out of their small studio apartment in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles. At this point in life he and his family had found shelter inside the three doors of his mother’s mini van. As the last month of high school approached, Anthony found comfort and distraction from all his family’s problem’s in life through doing what he loved most, math and science related problems. This is just one life experience out of the many I went through growing up.