Analysis Of `` Cathedral `` By Raymond Carver Essay

817 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
In everyday life, prejudice is an ongoing dispute faced by people for many different reasons; these reasons include religion, race, ethnicity, physical and mental disabilities, and almost any kind of diversity in general. In the short story titled “Cathedral”, written by author Raymond Carver, Carver illustrates character growth of a protagonist through the our unnamed narrator – referred to as “Bub” by Robert – when he undergoes a transformative experience realizing he should not discriminate or judge Robert or other individuals based on their appearance or handicaps. At first, “Bub” is apprehensive to the idea of Robert staying in his home because he is blind, through the night there is not much of an attempt on the narrators part to get to know Robert. At the conclusion of the story Bub experiences an epiphany when he and Robert co-operate to sketch a cathedral, allowing Bub to relinquish his prior misconceptions about the blind community and to truly see more than just the superficial aspects of life for the first time. Our narrator is a blind man, though not in the same respect as Robert, since Bubs’ eyes are fully functional; rather, he lacks insight and the ability to see more than just the superficial details, making him even more so blind than Robert. From the introduction of the story, the reader is already aware that the narrator carries prejudice; “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit . . . And his being blind bothered me. My idea of blindness came from the…

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