What does it mean to be blind? Does it explicitly mean that the sense of sight is gone or lost? Could someone be blind but have the physical capability to see with their eyes? How about the spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, or even culturally blind? They have the physical capability to see with their eyes; however, they are blind to more important aspects of daily life. This type of blindness is seen in the narrator of the short story. He can see, but he has no insight. He places higher value on his ability to see which in turn exposes him to being blind to everything that is deeper than the skin in his world. On the other hand, what about the blind that cannot physically see with their eyes? Can a conclusion be made they are also blind to the other important aspects around them? Ignorance would say yes. The narrator would say yes. However, blind people are not blind to the world around them. Robert, the blind man in “Cathedral”, could not physically see a heater, a loved one or even the world he lived in, but he could still experience the warmth they all provided. He put on display the fact that his handicap had nothing to do with his ability to see the world and what it had to offer him. Robert shows the ignorant that his handicap is not to be seen as a weakness but something that can be used as a teaching device for the insightfully blind. Robert is not the narrator’s stereotypical blind person, and the narrator finds that out through a brief evening with him. Throughout Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral”, the narrator has the sense of sight but is the epitome of “blind” with his inability to truly see the beauty entrapped around him through the interactions with his wife, the blind man, and the everyday world. Throughout the short story, the narrator interacts and reflects upon his wife which fuels jealousy and bitterness and gets him nowhere close to knowing the...
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