The narrator draws the cathedral with his eyes closed and with robert's hand clasped over his the experience of blindness and human touch yields for the narrator a transcendent feeling of freedom, perhaps from his own limited existence. I think the cathedral signifies the blind man (robert) and the descriptions that the narrator gives robert about the cathedral represent they way how the narrator sees him as i remember from the story the narrator is very shallow he only judge by appearances. By having the narrator stuck for words and unable to describe to robert what a cathedral looks like, carver may be suggesting that the narrator, at least symbolically, is also blind this may be important as previously the reader sensed that the narrator viewed himself as superior in some ways to robert, due to the fact that he can see and. 3/1 raymond carver - cathedral and edith wharton - roman fever hello ~everyone , i ordered the lux series , we learn that the blind man, robert, and the. Raymond carver's cathedral is a story about how the narrator is uncomfortable with having his wife's blind friend, robert, over roger has lost his wife, and to cope with her death, he planned to visit the narrator's wife.
The narrator in cathedral has full use of all his senses, unlike the blind man, robert, who is introduced very early in the story when comparing the two again, however, robert is the character that is open to new ideas and willing to experience the joys of life, while the narrator limits himself due to his close-minded thinking. Cathedral the short story cathedral, written by raymond carver, was first published in 1983this short story deals with one main problem: prejudices the short story is about a man, the narrator, which wife is going to meet her old friends, robert, whom is blind. But after all we could say he kind of got to bond with robert while drawing the cathedral, and kind of gaining a greater and bigger point of view that he ever have had ironically through the view of a blind person.
How does robert shatter the narrator's preconceived notions of blind people how do his appearance and bearing resist every stereotypical image the narrator has about blind people, and why is this so upsetting. A blind man in my house was not something i looked forward to (p 265) 2 responses to quotes from cathedral, by raymond carver stopping by woods on. The group of girls in a&p and robert, the blind man, in cathedral are both viewed as having little value by the main characters sammy, after the girls. The narrator asks robert whether he has any idea what a cathedral looks like robert says he doesn't and asks the narrator to describe one the narrator tries, but he knows he doesn't do a very good job. The blind man from seattle narrator's epiphany, when he draws the cathedral with robert he is free of stereotypes and prejudices, open to new possibilities.
The climax is when robert, the blind man, and the narrator begin to draw the cathedral together, two hands moving together- one guided by sight the other not, which lead us to the resolution of how the narrator becomes changed and learns a valuable lesson, which is overall the theme of the story. Robert is a blind man who hired the narrator's wife to read for him he has a beard and is tall and burly he is a non-idealistic blind man who drinks, smokes and cracks jokes. Professor stiles english b1b september 28, 2014 cathedral: a change of heart introduces robert, the blind man, three facts become known. Cathedral cathedral by raymond carver is a short story of a blind man's visit there are three characters, the narrator, his wife, and the blind man robert.
Raymond carver's cathedral is the narrator's jealousy of robert irrational how does robert shatter the narrator's preconceived notions of blind people. Cathedral is narrated by a man whose wife has invited an old friend to visit their home the old friend, robert, is blind, which the narrator identifies as robert's defining characteristic as the story begins, the narrator is troubled by the impending visit for reasons he can't quite explain. The most conspicuous conflict in the story cathedral is the struggle of a man against himself bub is seen often ranting inwardly against things he did not like especially with regard to robert's presence and the antagonism he has with the blind man.
The cathedral acceptance through understandingthe story cathedral by raymond carver displays one mans new found understanding and acceptance of a blind man over a relatively short period of time. In raymond carver's cathedral, the husband's view of blind men is changed when he encounters his wife's long time friend, robert his narrow minded views and prejudice thoughts of one stereotype are altered by a single experience he has with robert the husband is changed when he thinks he. The short story cathedral, written by raymond carver is a rather simple story with a complex and revealing true meaning - analysis of cathedral introduction a man, the narrator, is upset or uneasy about the arrival of his wife's' long time friend robert. What did robert have the narrator do with him to visualize the cathedral draw it with the blind man's hand on top of his the narrator demonstrates his connection to the blind man by doing what.
In raymond carver's cathedral, the narrator and his wife welcome robert, who is blind the narrator is not happy that robert is coming, but his wife conveys the importance of his visit so soon. Symbolism in raymond carver's cathedral in raymond carver's cathedral he depicts a story about change in a psychologically blind husband and a physically blind man named robert robert teaches the ignorant husband how to see without his eyes often a person with the ability to see takes this. Cathedral by raymond carver (1981) this blind man, an old friend of my wife's, he was on his way to robert was left with a small insurance policy and half.
Even though the narrator of cathedral is not blind, he displays a lack of insight and self-awareness that, in many ways, makes even him blind unlike robert, the narrator can see with his eyes well, but he has difficulty understanding people's thoughts and feelings that lie beneath the surface. Then she looked at the blind man and said, robert, i didn't know you smoked he said, i do now, my dear there's a first time for everything the tv showed this one cathedral then there. By the man becoming close with robert, he was capable to see what was necessary to gain an understanding of what life is like for a blind man, with the help of the vision of the cathedral the man began to draw the cathedral to try and help robert visualize what one looked like.