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Sight In Cathedral Essay

1488 words - 6 pages

Vision is something many people take for granted every day. Society only deals with the matter of being blind if they are the less fortunate ones. According to the Braille Institute, "every seven minutes a person in the United States loses their sight, often as part of the aging process" (1). Only two percent of legally blind people use a guide dog and thirty-five percent use a white cane. Blindness can be caused from various different types of things including (in order) age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related cataracts. (Braille 1). However being blind does not mean a person is in total darkness. Some people can see lights and the shapes of objects, but the most import thing is for family and friends to provide hope and encouragement. The last thing a person who has lost their sight wants is to lose their family and support, which will led to loneliness. Likewise, in the short story "Cathedral," by Raymond Carver's, blindness is the key element in the story and shows in detail how the characters manage it. The theme Carver conveys in the short story is being able to see without sight and is revealed through the characters, tone and plot of the story.
The theme in the story of being able to see without sight is revealed through the characters in the story "Cathedral." The husband is very judgmental, self-centered and shows a lack of knowledge about blind people. This is obvious when he states, "My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind move slowly and never laugh (1152). The husband is so quick to judge and thinks he already knows everything about blind people and how they are, so he makes it clear he was not looking forward to the blind man being in his house (1152). It was also evident that the husband is uncomfortable about the blind man’s visit, because of his own inability to relate to other human beings. Hence, when the blind man arrived, the narrator was somewhat apprehensive, however as the relationship developed the narrator disposition is relaxed by Robert’s opened-minded, compassionate and tolerant character. But at the beginning, it is uncertain to the reasoning’s behind the man’s discomfort. Which makes it clear that the husband seems to carry the condition of being blind. From all the accusations he makes towards the blind man in the beginning, he does not realize that he is the one suffering from lose of sight. The husband realize this when "the blind man teaches the narrator to 'see' the cathedral through drawing" (Akers 2). Even though the husband was very rude to Robert, he stays patience and a kind man; as he was. He shows how sincere he felt towards the narrator's wife and continues to be pleasant and outgoing (Akers 2). Robert gives the husband a sense of what he was missing all along; sight. But neither one of them was aware of what the husband was really missing but his wife. She disapproves of her husband's attitude from the beginning towards Robert....

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