Essay on Witnessing Blind Edges

Essay on Witnessing Blind Edges

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Literary tropes are used by authors as a means of figurative language in literature, i.e. they are a figure of speech in which words are used with a nonliteral meaning (“Trope” 1). With this in mind, readers come across the utilization of literary tropes in certain works of American literature. Specifically, readers encounter tropes in the short stories, “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor, and “A Distant Episode” by Paul Bowles. Within these stories, disability is the literary trope that is explicated. In the literal sense, disability, in most cases, is a physical “restriction or lack of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being” (Lefers 1). However, in reference to the mentioned exemplars of literary trope, the authors of these works indicate that disability is not always physical. Rather, it can be mental, that is to say, one who is “disabled” cannot comprehend a particular conception. In the midst of disability in these stories, a sense of superiority is expressed by the main characters and each has a self-realization of some sort that extinguishes their feeling of arrogance.
First and foremost, the literary trope of disability is found in the short story, “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. In summary, the story follows a couple who house a blind man for the night. The husband is our narrator and the narrator’s wife (neither of the spouses’ names are revealed to readers) declares that her friend, Robert, is coming to visit them. Robert is a blind man whose wife has recently died. The narrator’s wife met Robert while she worked as a reader to the blind. The narrator is not keen upon Robert coming to lodge at his home and is disconcerte...


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...pewell, and the Professor learn that their once thought superiority over others is truly a flaw of character, that is to say a disability. All in all, simply because one is physically disabled does not mean they are intellectually incapacitated. As a matter of fact, those who are “physically able” may well be intellectually immobilized. As the once great Sioux Indian, Black Elk said “the power of it was in the understanding of its meaning” (Neihardt 169). This statement runs true in the present day for many people take for granted the physically disabled and act superior to those who cannot walk, talk, see, or hear. Understanding the meaning of things is power. Coming to that realization is an event that will strengthen a person and allow them to live better. In a nutshell, knowledge may be power, but sorry Sir Francis Bacon, fathoming conceptions is a superpower.

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