Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver Essay

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The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver is told from the point-of-view of the narrator. Speaking in first person, the narrator describes a particular night in which he meets Robert, a blind friend of the narrator’s wife. Because the story is written in the first person, the reader is able to see what the narrator is thinking as well as speaking. Furthermore, because of the point-of-view and the brutal honesty of the narrator, the reader is given a chance to connect with the narrator and follow him through his personal transformation from the beginning of the story until the end.
Since the narrator is speaking in first person, one learns a lot about the narrator’s inner thoughts and feelings and is able to experience the events of the night as the narrator does. This point-of-view, however, prevents the reader from getting an accurate reading on the other characters since the reader is only provided with what the narrator thinks about the other characters. Though the narrator describes both his wife and Robert, he comes off as an unreliable speaker who is quick to judge others. For example, in the beginning of the story, the narrator lets us know that “[Robert] was no one I knew,” and yet he immediately shows how judgmental he can be when he continues with “And his being blind bothered me” (Carver 299). The reader also lacks an accurate representation of Robert because the narrator is relying on movie portrayals of blind men which shows how little he actually…

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