The narrator of Cathedral is many things; jealous, sarcastic, insensitive, inconsiderate, and overall just a bad person, he is also, surprisingly, a sympathetic character. While he exuberates many flaws and emotions that we do not readily show ourselves, this does not strike the fact that we can sympathise and relate to the narrator. In fact, it is the fact that he shows all of these flaws that make him a sympathetic character. The reason being is that he shows the emotions and flaws that humans, as a whole, want to show in any given situation, but choose not to out of compassion. Even though we do not react the same way the narrator would, it does not change the fact that often times we do feel like reacting in a similar manner that he would. Raymond Carver, in his short story Cathedral manages to create a character, the narrator, who is the personification of true human nature. As often as humans try to hold themselves up as a morally upright species, it cannot be denied that often times, as we react in a manner deemed appropriate in our society today, inside our heads there we want to reply in a less nice, less appropriate, and more selfish manner. For example, an exchange could go along like this; “Take out the trash.” You reply with, “Okay.” But inside, your thoughts may very well go along the lines of, “Why can you not take the trash out yourself? I do not see you working nine hours a day.” As we grow older and learn what is acceptable in society, we tend to not take heed or even notice as those kinds of thoughts flash across our minds, but that does not change the fact that we still feel that way on some level. The narrator seems to be a character who generally reacts based on these feelings. This is evident in the narrator’s reaction, through Carvers writing, when he is informed that the blind man was coming to stay with them. Rather than reacting with a false guise of comfort, he instead replies sarcastically saying, “Maybe I could take him bowling,”
The Difference between Looking and Seeing
In “Cathedral,” the act of looking is related to physical vision, but the act of seeing requires a deeper level of engagement. The narrator shows that he is fully capable of looking. He looks at his house and wife, and he looks at Robert when he arrives. The narrator is not blind and immediately assumes that he’s therefore superior to Robert. Robert’s blindness, the narrator reasons, makes him unable to make a woman happy, let alone have any kind….
There are many themes in the short story “Cathedral,” some of them include the Cathedral itself and the difference between looking at something and really seeing something. Throughout the short story you see how people have different personalities and see how fast a person can change. The Cathedral and the audiotapes mean much more to both main characters than just an object or a building.
In the beginning of the story the narrator is completely disgusted at the thought of a blind….
During the medieval time period, peasants were affected by Gothic art, architecture, and music, because many peasants were illiterate. They could only learn about God’s word by symbols and hearing music. Also, during the medieval time period, peasants were not allowed to own a Bible, so they couldn’t learn by reading the bible even if they knew how to read. Cathedrals during this time period had many symbols that showed Christ through the symbols. Some ways were through music, architecture….
“Cathedral”: The Difference between Looking and Seeing
Everything given to a person in life is a blessing, and a person has the opportunity to choose whether they want to appreciate what has been given to them or not. A blessing can be small or large, whether it be a house to live in, a car to drive in, or even eyes to see. In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator is unappreciative towards everything he has in his life including his wife. His wife invites an old friend who….
rebirth of his own personality after he meets Robert. At first, the husband seems to lack sensitivity, and at times is egotistic. As the story progresses, the narrators attitude changes and is redeemed at the end of the story. In Raymond Carver's "Cathedral", even though Robert is physically blind, it is really the narrator who cannot see clearly about relationships; however, the husband finds redemption in regards to putting himself into the blinds man’s shoes.
Both men’s relationship with the narrator’s….
Harveen Soni Professor Rosner
A persons ability to see is often taken for granted as it is in the story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. Although the title hints that the story is about a cathedral, it is really about two men who are blind. one of the men is Robert, the blind friend of the narrators wife. The other is the narrator, the husband himself; he is psychologically blind. through the husbands words and actions when he is….
Understanding the Darkness
“Cathedral” teaches a closed minded man that you don’t have to see things to understand them. The narrator is the man in the story that has this life changing experience that opened him up to a whole new world of understanding. This helps the reader to go inside the main characters mind and see his point of view. The overwhelming theme of this story is the conversion of the narrator from a man who sees the world in a basic way to a man who understands the deeper meaning….
“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace”, (Dalai Lama XIV). This quote relates to the narrator in Raymond Carver’s short story, “The Cathedral”. In this story Bub’s ignorance is shown in various parts throughout the story. Towards the end of the story, Bub has an epiphany. This makes him realize how ignorant he’s been towards his wife as well as Robert, her childhood sweetheart and present day best friend. He enters from a world of insecurities….
Building a Medieval Cathedral
Medieval cathedrals were the wealth signs of the church. These were larger than castles. The cost for the construction of cathedral was high and the money for these buildings was paid by the people itself in the medieval times .For building magnificent buildings, medieval workers worked with basic tools.
The first job of the architect in that time was to select best craftsmen and other highly skilled men that were needed. For the design of cathedral, some of the skilled….
Cathedrals of England
IN the dictionary, cathedrals are defined as another name or place of worship for Christians, Catholics, and etc. I’m about to take your imagination to some of the homeland of some of the oldest and beautiful cathedrals on Earth. I’m going to introduce you to London, the capital city of England, and the United Kingdom. Before we start our trip, let me tell you the variety of cathedrals we’ll see. There are over 50 cathedrals in England, and over….