The views we have are what shapes us, sometimes we have vast knowledge of ideas. Other times we are limited in what we can understand. We are given the choice of seeking out more of said idea or choosing to remain as is. Cathedral by Raymond Carver is a story that gives us a look into what it is like to have our views challenged through experiencing them first hand. We are introduced to the story by narration and we are given a brief summary of how his wife and the blind man had met from the narrrator. We learn that the blind man is named Robert, he is the only character that is named and described in the story. After the exchange of greetings and very detailed description of the dinner they all enjoyed Robert and the narrator then partake in the recreational use of marijuana, various views, and watching TV. A documentary on cathedrals comes on and Robert asks the main character to describe one. Unable to do so, Robert then asks if they could sketch a cathedral together leading up to the main character on a path of understanding. Carver gives a piece of himself to the main characters while also giving us insights on the experiences created by the characters around him. “It was like nothing else in my life up to now.” Carver (p.13) My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But I didn’t feel like I was inside anything. “it’s really something.” I said.” Carver (p.13)
The author’s main theme shows us how views can change and how this change can affect us in a profound way. For instance the main character is very uneasy about meeting Robert, he has never met anyone who is blind. The knowledge he has of blind people came from movie portrayals. “My Idea of blindness came from the movies… t...
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...ciety, and religious aspects. The blind man gave us understanding and is portrayed through various things like setting and the descriptions through. Each character had specific roles and they were played well
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