Cathedral Essay

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Gunja ShahBlock 6 (Honors Short Fiction)9/29/2014The Beliefs of the NarratorThere are 295 million visually impaired people in the world. It is said that many will know at least one in their lifetime by the WHO, world health organization. Although so many people are blind, the majority of the population discriminates them like the narrator does in the story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver. The narrator in the story discriminates the blind man Robert by being something of his wife's past in the beginning of the story to the very end until he realizes that he needs to change. A dynamic character of the story "Cathedral" is the narrator himself because he changes from a person who is blind to a man that transcends his close minded set of beliefs by the help of the real blind man Robert.Unlike Robert, the narrator can see but he has difficulty understanding and expecting people who are different than him. In the beginning of the story, when his wife talks about the blind man coming to visit her, then narrator is not exuberant about meeting someone new which is shown when he says "I wasn't enthusiastic about his visit. He is no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me. My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by eye seeing dogs. A blind man in the house is not something you look forward to" (138). This demonstrates how his world is so tiny. Even though there are 39 million people that are blind in the he has never met one let alone is interested in meeting one. This quote show how insensible he is, though he has the knowledge that the blind man has lost his wife, he is still unwelcoming. For instance on page 139 he says "Maybe I could take him bowling". This shows how imbecilely the narrator responded to the situation. He has learnt that the man is blind and he will not be able to bowl at all though he want to bowl. The evidence presented above shows how arrogant the narrator is to his wife and the blind man.When the narrator's wife talks about the old man's wife the narrator is blind to the fact that the Robert is able respond to his wife in a very spiritual way. When the name "Beulah" is first mentioned the narrator jumps up because "that's a name of a colored women" (140) showing how socially inept and close minded the man is. As his wife fills him with "more detail than he cares to know" he realizes that the blind man had never looked at his wife. This is show by "hearing this, I felt sorry for the blind man for a little bit. And then I found myself thinking what a pitiful life this woman must have led. Imagine a women who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved on. A women who can go day after day and never receive the smallest compliment from her beloved. A women whose husband could never read the expression on her face, be it misery or something better…" (140).In this quote he pities the deceased Beulah because Robert could never...

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