The Blind Man Exposed In Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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Cathedral Raymond Carver’s story “Cathedral” is a story full of moral lessons based on one man’s prejudice toward another. Set in the New York home of a nameless narrator and his wife, the story is about a blind man, Robert, who comes to visit the couple, and the conflict that each character faces in the midst of his visit. “His wife had died. So he was visiting the dead wife’s relatives in Connecticut,” the narrator states (19). The narrator’s obvious bitterness toward Robert is clearly conveyed in this statement by the lack of sensitivity in his use of the term “dead wife”. In addition, the narrator’s repeated use of the term “blind man” when referring to Robert makes is clear to the reader that he only sees the handicap Robert possesses, not who he really is as a person. This sets the stage for the remainder of the story. The narrator’s wife has a long history with the blind man and his account of their…show more content…
Just after he learns of the blind man’s impending visit, the narrator states, “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me” (20). These thoughts carry on through the story as the narrator begins to give the background details on his wife’s relationship with the blind man. When the narrator describes a poem his wife wrote about an experience she had when the blind man touched her face, he says, “I can remember I didn’t think much of the poem” (20). As the story continues, the narrator talks about the tapes that his wife and the blind man exchanged. When he found out that one of the tapes was about him, he and his wife sat down to listen to it. As the narrator heard the blind man speak his name he exclaimed, “[…] I heard my own name in the mouth of the stranger, this blind man I didn’t even know!” (21). The narrator is clearly jealous and even resentful of his wife’s relationship with the blind
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