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The Blind Side Essay

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According to the World Health Organization, approximately 39 million people are physically blind worldwide (“Visual impairment and blindness.”) Often times, if somebody hears that the person sitting next to them is blind, they automatically assume that the word “blind” is being used in its literal context. Blind is defined as “unable to see; unable to notice or judge something; accepting the actions or decisions of someone or something without any questions or criticism” (“Blind” def.1) Cathedral demonstrates that while somebody may be physically unable to see, many others are blind to the aspects and possibilities of their own lives. Perhaps the greatest irony of all in this short story is ...view middle of the document...

Despite his wife’s plead to be welcoming and kind to Robert, the narrator is still rather insensitive to both of them. For example, prior to Robert’s arrival, he makes rude remarks to his wife such as “Maybe I could take him bowling” and “I don’t have any blind friends”, as well as “Was his wife a negro?”. Statements such as these reflect that he is not only discriminating against those who are blind, but race as well, and essentially anybody else who are different from him. Even after Robert settles himself into their home, the narrator continues making snide remarks such as “Which side of the train did you sit on, by the way?” He is quick to make judgments based off of aesthetic characteristics and physical appearance, and does not even bother to question the morality or personality of those people. Robert, a warm and gracious individual, makes continuous attempts at conversing with the narrator. Dropping his abrupt and rather cold responses, he begins to open up to Robert and discovers that he actually enjoys Robert being there. He begins to try and describe a cathedral to Robert, only to fail and claim...

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