Cathecral: Transcendence of a Husband

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Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, is a short story that shows how a person can be changed by another’s influence on their life. In this short story a blind man, Robert, is the person who changes a husband’s life, and ultimately awakens him to a new outlook on his own life. The Wife brings Robert, the blind man, to her house, which the husband is not pleased with. After making fun of Robert and being disgruntled with the fact that Robert is in his house, the husband begins to warm up to Robert. In the end the husband gets to see a glimpse of what it might be like to be blind, when he tries to describe a cathedral to him. In the beginning the husband is close-minded, insecure, and jealous, but by the end of the short story he experiences a spiritual connection and transcends his prejudices thus supporting Carver’s theme that all people have good in them. The husband is not happy that his wife is inviting this blind man to come and stay at their house, and is close-minded, even though the blind man is a friend of his wife. The husband shows his feelings by the rude remarks he makes to his wife about the blind man. There is obvious tension between the husband and his wife though we are never told what the tension is about. This tension follows into their conversation about the blind man coming to stay with them. The wife is so determined that the blind man stay at their house even though her husband does not want him there, that she says, “If you love me, You can do this for me. If you don’t love me, okay. But if you had a friend, any friend, and the friend came to visit, I’d make him feel comfortable.”(8) Of course once the blind man gets there the husband is no more inclined to be nice to him than he was in the beginning, because he notices that his wife is happy around Robert. The wife’s countenance is so different than when it was just him and his wife, that it causes
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