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Pacor 17 September 2012 Worksheet on Raymond Carver, „Cathedral‟ The story begins with the narrator giving background of a relationship between his wife and a blind man whom she worked for a year. After years of sending recorded tapes to one another, the man finally comes to visit the woman and her husband, shortly after the death of his wife. The husband finally meets the blind man and helps him to draw a cathedral after seeing it on television and being unable to describe it to the man. The point of view is quite interesting in this story since it only comes from the narrator. This unnamed character seems to self absorbed and only worried how the visit from Robert, the blind man, will affect him. He repeatedly made comments about the man‟s blindness and how he felt about it; “I wasn‟t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me” (Carver 141). The narrator seems to also pity the man who could never see his wife, or vice versa. He describes Robert‟s features quite vividly but at the same time views this blind man with a bit of nervousness and disgust, unsure and prejudiced about blind people. The theme of the story is quite clear at the end when Robert asks the man what he sees of the cathedral they had just drawn, and the man answers “It‟s really something” (151), when his eyes were closed. In various parts of the story the man is caught trying to ask Robert questions of sight and then realizes at the last moment that it was a somewhat inappropriate question to ask a blind person. Towards the end the man attempts to explain how a cathedral looks on television, but without any success, the two men decide to draw it together. At this point, the man seems to have a self-
and at the end he successfully made it happen.” An Introduction to Literature. Print. It appears that the blind man was helping the narrator to this realization all along. William Burto. Works Cited Williams. Sylvan Barnet. 16th ed.Heath 2 realization of the difference between looking and seeing and attempts at the end to feel the drawing of the cathedral with his eyes closed. "The Use of Force. Cain. New York: Longman. . William Carlos. and William E. Ed. 133-136. 2011.