The Power Of The Mind Essay

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Having a weakness does not make a man feeble. It is the man and his state of mind that allows experiencing weakness to make him inferior. 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, does not allow his inability to see to stop him from seeing the world. His blindness actually allows him to “see” and understand people better than if he did not have a visual impairment. On the other hand, Prufrock was born with no physical disability, but he allows his insecurities to make him a weaker man. Prufrock does not have the strength to endure in the outside world because he is trapped living in a pitiful self-loathing mentality.
Robert is a strong man who does not allow his visual impairment to stop him from living a full and succulent life. An important aspect to Robert’s life and independence is his job. He works for the social-security department. The fact that Robert has a job like this lets the reader perceive Robert as an independent and determined man. When the narrator listens to his wife and Robert catching up he learns that Robert has actually experienced a lot 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). Robert’s blindness doesn’t hold him back from being successful. However, Robert does need more assistance than others due to his handicap. He needed to hire an individual to read his work cases to him, which is how he meets the narrator’s wife. Robert appreciates 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 compassionate man, who likes to know and understand his employees on a level of friendship rather than business. The narrator’s wife always comes to Robert when she needs to discuss her feelings. Robert created the idea of sending tapes to ensure 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 divorce. Robert travels on a train to visit his old friend, which is no easy task 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 Robert 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. Robert 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...

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