Cathedral by: Raymond Carver Raymond Carver wrote the short story “Cathedral” which is about a blind man who is very handy at everything but that he is blind he needs some help with some things. The narrator’s wife takes up the job to help him read reports and case studies. The two become very close then the narrator’s wife had to move away cause her first husband was in the army so they needed to travel but the blind man and the wife never lost touch with each other. The narrator did not really like the relationship between the two he was jealous of it because him and his wife were never that close. The blind man came to visit the wife and the narrator.
The narrator’s original point of view is that Robert is from his wives past so he must be a threat to him, so jealousy is appealed, “This blind man, an old friend of my wives … I wasn’t enthusiastic about the visit”(88). He also assumes that blindness was such a major weakness that Robert was completely inferior to himself. “My idea of blindness came form the movies … A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to”(88). This is the narrator’s ignorance at play. He also thinks blind people cant smoke cigarettes.
Robert, an old friend from his wife teaches the narrator a great lesson about life and how “learning never ends.” Robert opens the eyes of the narrator. The short story “Cathedral” is about “the blind leading the blind” in the sense that Robert, a physically blind person, leads the narrator, a spiritually blind person, to a greater understanding about life. One of the reasons the narrator is consider a spiritually blind person is because he displays lack of understanding towards blind people. The reader is able to see that the narrator is prejudice towards blind people. In the story, the narrator says “and his being blind bothered me.” The narrator is a reflection of prejudice and the stereotypes in society.
She’s just self-obsessed, and unable to judge herself and her position honestly. It seems at every chance she gets, Curley’s wife likes to talk about her lost opportunities. She speaks of a traveling actor who told her she could join their show, without gathering that this is a pretty standard pick-up line. Same with the offer to go to Hollywood: Curley’s wife has convinced herself that her mother stole the letter, rather than realize the men weren’t really interested in her for any actual talent. Curley’s wife’s obsession with herself ultimately leads to her death.
She did not find that a marriage service generated love; she did not enable her husband to recapture his youth through hers; nor could she compensate for that by running his home in the manner of an experienced housekeeper.” This quote illustrates that Elias Strorm was very cruel to her that she died after her second child was born. She was a beautiful, young woman who Elias turned into a very dull person. She always wanted him to be happy and be a good person, but that did not happen, he was just unfair and unpleasant to everyone. To conclude Elias Strorm’s wife is a good supporter of her husband as well as Emily Strorm. The role of women does demonstrate bystanders and supporters of their husbands and family member.
Do the characters get what they deserve in the End? During the novella of mice and men Curley’s wife is alienated, spoken behind her back, called vile names and singled out from the rest of the ranch, since she is the only woman there. Throughout the novella she is constantly giving hints on how lonely she is even in her own marriage, by the end of the book she is accidentally killed and freed from the life she so dearly hated. However, another view on her death could be negative since when she dies she does not get the life she deserves for being kept in a place she doesn’t want to stay or even she does deserve her death since she is vile for not committing to her marriage vows by being a coquette. Curley’s wife is clearly a very unhappy
She married Roger out of social and economic necessity. When she commits adultrey, she conceals his identity from Dimmesdale. Roger chillingworth visits hester while she is in prison and they both discuss to eachother that their marriage never worked out. Hester says, " I have greatly wronged thee!",(72). Hester is the least sinful because she only committed adultrey and that she never told Arthur chillingworth was her husband.
We see this when he talks about how Robert has a previous relationship with his wife, even though it’s not a romantic one, I believe that the husband feels threatened by this relationship. “…She hadn’t seen the blind man since she worked for him on summer in Seattle ten years ago. But she and the blind man had kept in touch. They made tapes and mailed them back and forth. I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit.
We are introduced from the beginning of Raymond Carver’s Cathedral to a man that seems to be perturbed and agitated. The husband “ wasn’t enthusiastic about [Robert] visit, he was no one [he] knew. And his being blind bothered [him].” (20) He is uninterested in the relationship that Robert has with his wife. (21) The only reason he knows any thing about Robert is because she told him, he didn’t ask and didn’t care to know. We see how selfish and self centered the narrator is as he has thoughts of, “this blind man” “coming to sleep in [his] house” and telling his wife “maybe [he] could take him bowling” (22).
Exercise #1 Cathedral by: Raymond Carver In the story Cathedral by Raymond Carver the narrator is a man who is unnamed. He is married, and an old friend of his wife is coming to see her. The narrator does not seem too happy about Robert; the visitor staying at his house. The reason why he seems to act the way he does is because Robert and his wife have kept in contact through the years and she talks very highly of him, to the point where the narrator does not want him staying in his home. “My idea of blindness came from the movies.