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The Power Of The Mind Essay

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A weakness does not make a man weak. It is the man who chooses to allow a weakness to make him feeble. Faced with two different dispositions the characters, Robert, from Cathedral, and Prufrock, from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, handle life’s obstacles with two different approaches. Robert, a born blind man, doesn’t allow his inability to see stop him from seeing the world. His blindness actually allows him to “see” and understand people better then if he did not have a visual impairment. On the other hand, Prufrock was born with no physical enablement, but he allows his small frame full of insecurities to make him a weaker man. He does not have the strength to endure the outside world because he is stuck living in a pitiful self-loathing world.
Robert is a strong man who does not allow his visual impairment to stop him from having a real life. The narrator tells us that he works for a social-security department. The fact that Robert has a job like this lets the reader see that he is a hard workingman. When the narrator listens to his wife and Robert catching up he learns that Robert has actually done a lot of things in his life. This is discussed when the narrator recaps, “Robert had done a little of everything, it seemed, a regular blind jack of all trades.” (Page 83) His disability doesn’t hold him back from being successful. Robert does need more assistance then others in his position. He needed to hire someone to read his cases to him, which is how he meets the narrator’s wife. Robert appreciated everything that the narrator’s wife did for him and built a relationship with the narrator’s wife. This is established when the narrator says, “They became good friends, my wife and the blind man” (Page 77). The formulation of a friendship between Robert and the narrator’s wife allows the reader to assume that Robert is a companionate man, who likes to know and understand his employees on a level of friendship rather then business. The narrator’s wife always comes to Robert when she needs to talk. Robert created the idea of sending tapes to insure that he can always be there for the narrator’s wife. The reader recognizes they are very close because she shares intimate details of her life such as, her suicide attempt and her divorce. Robert travels on a train to visit his old friend, which is brave for a blind man. Robert tells the narrator that; “ I (He) hadn’t been on a train in nearly forty years. Not since I (he) was a kid. With my folks.” (Pg. 80) One must assume that he would not have just gotten on a train for just anyone, that it was special that he came on a train to see the narrator’s wife. He also does not hesitate to try new things. On page 83, Robert agrees to smoke dope with the narrator. The intoxication of alcohol and marijuana allow Robert and the narrator to be on a more open level and to get to know each other on a whole new level. When they start talking about the cathedrals, the narrator realizes the hardships Robert...

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