Analysis Of A Blind Man In The Cathedral

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Robert, the blind man said, “But maybe you could describe one to me? I wish you’d do it. I’d like that. If you want to know, I really don’t have a good idea”(11). This is one part in the “Cathedral” where the narrator gets caught for something he did not know. For example, through out the story the narrator would act as he knew everything there is to know in the world. Robert and the narrator finally get to open up throughout the story after a few drinks and smokes. Finally, Robert and the narrator were brought together because the narrator did not know how to describe a cathedral and did not know what to do. This is an important moment in the story that opens up an area between Robert and the narrator that lets them share ideas and not just …show more content…
He does not even think about what he has to say and just says it, not caring who it affects. The narrator does not even know Robert, but he still has different perspectives on a blind man. For example, in the “Cathedral” the narrator says, “My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to”(1). This quote explains how the narrator judges the blind man because of movies he has watched with no other knowledge of a blind person. The narrator views his own perspective and just assumes that Robert is going to be strange, without even meeting him or knowing who he really …show more content…
For example, back when he was talking to Robert he automatically thought that his wife was a colored woman because of her name. The one thing that the narrator actually did not know about was a cathedral and that is probably because he is not a holy man. In the “Cathedral” the narrator says, “I stared hard at the shot of the cathedral on the TV. How could I even begin to describe it? But say my life depended on it. Say my life was being threatened by an insane guy who said I had to do it or else”(11). This quote explains that the narrator had no knowledge at all, in how to explain what a cathedral is because he thought he knew everything, but is now freaking out. The narrator at first tried to describe a cathedral, but could not put the pieces together and that is why he felt like he was threatened to know

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