Literal Vs. Figurative Blindness Essay

1347 words - 5 pages

Many people make an assumption they are not blind to life itself whether ignorance plays a part or pride. In Cathedral by Raymond Carver, it describes a few myths that society has portrayed and opinions of the visual impaired. The main focus is getting to know the person before drawing a conclusion. Its not fair to anyone to be neglected whether you are visual impaired or have the functionality of what is considered to be a normal human being.
Exposing people to literal and figurative blindness is a true eye-opener.
In Raymond Carver’s story, Cathedral, depicts a charismatic twist as the husband, protagonist does not care to define the previous men that shared pivotal moments in his wife’s life, a name. He is irritated that his wife’s blind friend, is coming to see her. The characters drink and smoke weed throughout the story as Robert, blind man and his friend’s husband explores life in a universal experience of appreciating what you can not see. When you think of someone being visually impaired, it gives a feeling of adversity or not wanting to deal with them. In Cathedral, the husband mentions “In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed” (Carver 209). This is such a stereotypical or vein expression that is rehearsed in today’s society. Literally, Its not a true statement.
When talking about someone being literally blind meaning “actually; in fact” (Agnes 838) blind or visual impaired.
Most visual impaired individuals come with the same complexities as normal people, but magnified because of what their disabilities. The birth defects automatically create stereotypes for some. Its seems to follow the visual impaired from birth. In the story, Understanding Raymond Carver by Authur M Saltzman, called the blind “natural-born founders of stereotypes” (Saltzman 153). People judge the visual impaired on what they think they are capable of doing. Not what you as a person have experienced.
When not allowing the blind to participate in events, educating them, or even producing some kind of program to assist presents a form of rejection. Also, to raise people’s awareness is that everyone deserves and have an opportunity to education, but "disempowering the visual impaired and denying them the opportunity to direct and control their own learning" (Doake) is far from justice.
The husband in the story can not express what he means because of his one of the five senses is off as he sarcastically comments to his wife “maybe I could take him bowling” (Carver 212) in a comical way. This shows you how insensitive he was to others disabilities. He hides behind a glass of liquor in most of the story. Which brings this story to the figurative blindness.
Figuratively speaking means “metaphoric” (Agnes 528). You can be blind to love, substance abuse or many things until its brought to your attention. Its up to you to decide if its perusable or remain ignorant to the cause. If you never want a challenge in your life, do not try to change...

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