Analysis Of ' Cathedral ' By Raymond Carver Essays

1108 Words Mar 7th, 2016 5 Pages
In order to achieve a goal, sometimes you must do the very opposite to achieve the aimed result. It sounds counterintuitive in the beginning, but it may lead to outstanding outcome. In “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, that is precisely what happened. The short story is about a man whose wife invited her old friend, Robert, to visit them at their home. He is not enthusiastic and annoyed about the visit claiming that the Robert’s blindness bothers him. However, he had an epiphany when he got to spend time with the blind man. The main protagonist is a shallow man with low self-esteem. His relationship with his wife can be best described as aloof. The blind man Robert, on the other hand, has a close relationship with the wife. He is caring and benevolent. When the protagonist and the blind man are left alone, the two attempted to draw a cathedral. Robert reluctantly closes his eyes while drawing as the blind man suggested. The main protagonist then began to understand more about the world. Ironically, he closes his eyes in order to see more clearly and be more open-minded. The main character is uncaring and selfish who fails to see the world in someone else’s eyes. When his wife shows him her personal poem, her attempt to connect with her husband, he takes it for granted. On page 86, he said “I can remember I didn’t think much of the poem.” Instead of appreciating her wife’s gesture, he does not even try to understand the poem. Granted, he does not understand poetry…

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