Throughout Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” the nameless narrator, the main character develops emotionally through a situation that creates fear in an already introverted man. He does not want to go outside of his comfort zone and he is caught off guard when he is forced beyond his current developmental state. But, through a lesson from the blind narrator finds himself enlightened to the sentiments of the handicapped. When the blind man, Robert, first arrives at the narrator’s house the two men, along with the narrator’s wife, sit down to dinner. During the dinner, not much is said between the three, creating an uncomfortable atmosphere. Most families do not welcome visitors into their house by not saying a word while eating. However, because the narrator did not want the blind man in his house he does not feel the need to make him comfortable. He made little effort to welcome the man into his home. He did not go above and beyond to make the environment relaxed for everyone. The narrator says, “We ate everything that was to eat on the table. We ate like that was no tomorrow. We didn’t talk. We ate. We scarfed. We grazed the table. We were into serious eating.” It seems that the narrator cared more about the food that he ate than being a good host to the blind man. That makes him look selfish. It appears that since he does not want the blind man in his house he does thinks that he should have to do anything for him. He does not care if he is comfortable at all. One can gather that all the narrator cares about is himself and the way he feels. Following dinner, the three retired to the living room to watch television. The narrator’s wife grew weary and left the two men alone. The narrator feels uneasy alone with a blind man. He felt the blind as an intruder in his personal space, his house. He was not comfortable with the situation. Finally the narrator makes a slight attempt to ease the atmosphere between him and the blind man by describing what is being shown on
Character Analysis: the narrator (Raymond Carver, “Cathedral”)
The narrator in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” is portrayed as someone who lacks insight and awareness of the things around him. He is paralyzed, stuck in a destructive way of living. The narrator does not realize the limitations he has placed on himself that prevent him from seeing things greater than life.
Carver exposes the narrator’s true personality using a first-person narrative. It isn’t hard to tell that the narrator is jealous….
In the story "Cathedral", by Raymond Carver, the narrator is conflicted with issues of inner-demons that are manifested in a blind man whom he perceives as a danger to his marriage. The narrator in this story is a good example of an anti-hero showing negative characteristics while never actually being a bad guy. This gives the idea that he is very humanistic character. That being said, he is a flawed character who is just trying to please his wife while not giving up what he wants. In….
One of the many tools authors can use when they write short stories is character development. One such author that creates two contrasting yet comparable characters in his stories is Robert Carver. In the short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, we see three main characters. The characters include the blind man, Robert, the blind man's friend, the wife, and her husband. Throughout the story Carver sets up Robert, the blind man, and her friend's husband to be contrasted in a variety of ways,….
In Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, a blind man is visiting his friend that took care of him ten years ago. Although never given a name in this story, the narrator's (Bub's) wife is an important character. It is her friendship with Robert that "makes" the story. For her, it started out just as a job, and grew into much more. She read to Robert and helped him with all the household chores. She left working for him because her husband went to officer training school so they had to move. The blind man….
The reader learns about Robert in Cathedral mainly through the narrator, the husband, and the actions of Robert. The narrator directly states that Robert is blind and lives in Seattle. The husband learned this from his wife who used to be his care-taker and continues to stay in touch, so in a roundabout way we know this information only due to his wife even though the husband is the one to tell us. The narrator’s wife is the first one to tell the reader why Robert is coming to visit, his wife just….
Essay #1, Character Analysis
Blind Leading The Blind
In the short story, “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, it all began when the narrators wife invites her blind friend over to visit her and her husband. The husband has normal vision, but in the beginning of the story, he is the one who is “blind.” For example, he is close minded and stereotypical about this blind man arriving to their home. The husband's words and actions when dealing with Robert is that the husband is uncomfortable….
An Character Analysis of “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver
The world is always in a silent combustion, there are lots of tormented soul cries during the combustion. People should get out of the silence. Let everyone in the world connected. The loneliness is like a evil snake, do not let it swallows every kind heart. Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral” expresses the feeling of loneliness and suggest that this kind of feeling can be changed by opening one’s mind and empathizing with others. The loneliness….
Composition 2/ WRIT 102
2 February 2011
Analysis of “Cathedral”
The short story “Cathedral”, written by Raymond Carver is a rather simple story with a complex and revealing true meaning. A man, the narrator, is upset or uneasy about the arrival of his wife’s’ long time friend Robert. The main reason for him feeling upset is because the wife’s friend is blind. The narrator has obviously never experienced a blind person and is full of stereotypical thoughts and….
Professor Macklin Cowart
10 September 2014
“Cathedral”: The Importance of Transformation in the Characters
In “Cathedral,” Raymond Carver drastically creates changes within his characters that bring them closer together throughout each experience. The pertaining metamorphoses begin by being utilized as simple icebreakers but eventually commence an everlasting bond between the narrator and the blind man, Robert. Character development is important because it allows for a sense of realism….
In Raymond Carver’s Cathedral there is a lot of symbolism relating to the narrator’s close mindedness. In this world there are people that are physically impaired, but this does not limit them in connecting with people emotionally. Some people who are not impaired have a tougher time realizing that they are the ones spiritually blind and unable to connect with people. The narrator is a man who is a person who is spiritually blind and does….