Literal Blindness In Raymond Carver's Short Story 'Cathedral'

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Beth Austin Eng. 1010 Trent Eades Rough draft September 26, 2013 “Cathedral” In the short story, “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, blindness is very dominant as the motif. The most obvious one is the literal blindness of the husband and wife, which is social and emotional. In the end, we will see how the blind man opens the husband’s eyes by drawing a cathedral and looking at it through his world. In the beginning of the short story, we see that the husband is jealous of the past his wife had and relationship she had with the blind man, Robert. He did not like the fact she was married before or the way Robert touched her and the way she talked about him. I think this is why he had such a negative attitude toward him. It was like she was shoving it in his face that she had someone else in her life and he could get over it if he did not like it. Not to mention that the…show more content…
He wanted to let the husband know how different and open the world was through his eyes even though he was blind. Robert wanted the husband to know he was no different by smoking and drinking with him, and not to mention watching TV. When he asked the husband to get the paper and pen to draw, this was his way of showing him there was a whole different way of seeing things. By drawing the cathedral together, it made the husband realize that Robert was no different from anyone else. By closing your eyes, you see a whole different world and there is no reason for the emotional and social blindness. People are no different whether, they are blind or crippled.. I think even though they were probably feeling high, the husband eyes were opened in a way that Robert was no different than him. Robert showed him that by opening your eyes in the world of others it is a whole new world. Close your eyes and be in their world. As the husband said “it’s really
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