Carver’s work was later published in Best American Short Stories, 1982. The majority of the story involves the unnamed narrator attempting to deal with his underlying hostility towards the blind man. Whether he’s jealous or paranoid is unclear, but his dislike of the man is made clear from the beginning. It’s a representation of how …show more content…
Towards the end of the story, Robert asks the narrator to draw him the cathedral. The narrator had no words to describe it, so he did. Robert placed his hand on the narrator’s as he drew. He told the narrator to close his eyes as he drew. This is the crucial catharsis moment. He experiences what it’s like to be like Robert, to be blind for the first time. Something changes inside him and the experience purges his resentfulness.
What makes this part of the story so memorable is its simplicity. Carver is an author known for his minimalist stories. Another area where we can see this is through his simple sentences. The language isn’t complex and even a child could read and grasp the basic premise of the story with little effort.
Carver writes Cathedral in such a way as to bring us into the narrator’s mind. The narrator is living this life and it’s essentially a personal account of his experience of meeting and interacting with his wife’s friend. We can’t get a full understanding of what Robert and the narrator’s wife is truly like because we only have the narrator’s word to go on.
As such, we have a completely biased and distorted view of practically every character. The same principle stands for the narrator. We can only go on what he thinks of himself. In many ways, this writing style closes off much of the world. We can’t see and look at everything. The reader is forced to only look at what the narrator looks