An Analysis of Cathedral Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" appears to be a simple visit between a man's wife and her long time friend Robert, but Carver is essentially creating a newly established friendship between Robert and Bub to show stereotypes and barriers can be broken. Carver's portrayal of Bub as a simple, ignorant, and stereotypical man, who easily labels things as impotent or useless, is used to show how all people can build and create stereotypes around people we don't know. Instead of labeling, judging, and creating barriers without fully understanding who we are judging, Carver is suggesting we engage these people without a biased to find out who they really vs. what they seem to be. In "Cathedral" the narrator Bub immediately stereotypes Robert once he finds out he is blind. People develop stereotypes when they are unable or sometimes unwilling to obtain all of the information they would need to make fair judgments about people or situations. His idea of being blind is quite superficial without any base to support his rationale. He has yet to meet a blind person and his ignorance is displayed quite clearly when in the first paragraph he says. "In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were lead by seeing-eye dogs. (Carver 1,)" Ironically, it is not Robert who is blind, but Bub himself. Bub uses stereotyping as a defense mechanism against Robert. He imitates the stereotyping from his wife finding a greater source of comfort in Robert than she does in him. This awkward behavior is only self-imposed by Bub, who does little or nothing to rekindle the relationship. His indifferent behavior causes him to be separate from others and this his social skills lack. He is callous, stereotyping and quite unimaginative. Hs lack of emotions exposes his un-matured understanding of relationships. This is demonstrated when he neglects inquiring about his wife's poetry. "Maybe I just don't understand
that person has done or will do. In today’s society certain characteristics are viewed in a negative light due to the changing ways of everyday life and increasing deviation of traditional American views to ones of a more liberal nature. In “Cathedral” Raymond Carver writes of a man who is addicted to drugs and alcohol, which creates psychological distance from the narrator, his wife, and the blind man. This is caused by the narrators need to escape reality and enjoy a world that is not his own.….
Raymond Carver, Jr. was an American short story author and poet. He was born in 1938 and died in 1988. He was married twice, struggled with drugs and alcoholism, and was an unsuccessful writer early on in his career. It was not until his publication of “Cathedral” that he gained success. Carver even believed that “Cathedral was a watershed in his career, in its shift towards a more optimistic and confidently poetic style” (Arciniegas). “Cathedral” starts out slow, spending most of the short story….
In Raymond Carver’s story “Cathedral”, he tells a story about an old friend visiting. Robert, the blind man, and the husband are alike in a couple ways, including the fact that they both care about the wife, and they both like to drink. The husband and Robert also have many differences; the husband is more judgmental than Robert, who has more of an open mind. There is the obvious difference that the husband is not blind like Robert. Carver wrote this story from the husband’s point of view, so we….
Written by the contemporary American author Raymond Carver, in 1981, the
short story “Cathedral” illustrates a man’s experience that allows him to understand the
world around him. Although some particular events seem unimportant, the story,
through careful analysis of the characters, reveals that authors idea that the physical
ability to see does not make one person superior to someone who cannot see.
Throughout the story, the protagonist is influenced by the way Robert….
so blind people have to cope to become part of society. They have to depend on their other senses to be able to explore the world around them. However, the good thing is that they learn to use their other senses better than other people do. Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, is set in an early stage when the industry is switching from black and white to colored television. The story took place in Narrator’s house when his wife invited an old friend to visit their home for one night. The wife’s old friend….
In the reading of Cathedral by Raymond Carver (1981), the narrator is noting us of a visit his wife and him are expecting. It is an old friend of his wife, a blind man. As the narrator initiates the story, he lets us know that he “wasn’t enthusiastic about…” (Carver 1) this”…visit” (Carver 1). It seems he exaggerates as he gives us detail of how the blind man touched his wife’s face with his hand. Making us aware of his jealousy, he brings to notice the constant conversation the wife has in regards….
Raymond Carvers Cathedral illustrates the point of view of a self-centered man, the narrator, who suffers from a mild lack of education and culture while being more than slightly close-minded and rude. These are observations that one can make by considering how he reacts to his wifes blind friend, Robert coming over at their house as well as by his perceptions of the blind man. The fact that the main character is also narrating helps as well when trying to capture his nature since we have access….
The Blindness of the Non-Blind
The short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver displays one man's new found understanding and acceptance of a blind man over a relatively short period of time. The narrator represents the story's dominant theme of overcoming fear and prejudice of the blind through personal experience as well as mutual respect. The narrator who remains nameless throughout the play holds deeply unfounded beliefs and stereotypes of what a blind person should be, yet through various stages….
The “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver is a story about the narrator, his wife and his wife’s friend Robert, who is a blind man that she used to work for as a reader about ten years ago. They were able to keep in touch by mailing tapes to each other. Robert’ wife just died so he was coming for dinner and was going to spend the night at their house after visiting some relatives.
The narrator, who lack social skills, was not so thrilled about entertaining a blind man and was a little jealous about his….
Cathedral by Raymond Carver is a fiction where the writer explicitly used symbolism to explain human inhibition and lacking. Cathedral, the story, weaved an ironic situation where Robert, the blind man teaches the narrator, a man with eyesight, to truly see substance for the first time. Symbolism is an artistic and poetic style used by writers using symbolic images, characters or abstract to depict ideas, emotions, states of mind and key messages. Writer masterfully used a blind man named Robert….