Imagination Wins the Battle Against Prejudice Essay

1571 Words Apr 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Raymond Carver planted a seed into the mind of his audience that imagination prevents stereotypical blindness. This message is important because Carver touched on a current problem that we face in our daily lives known as prejudice. This problem is caused by stereotype disease and the cure for it is imagination because people will be more sensitive to how others feel. In “Cathedral”, Carver showed how Bub, as a sighted person, was struggling with stereotypical blindness and Robert, as a blind person, was able to see with his heart and mind. The elements used to convey this message were characterization, plot, symbolism, and metaphor.

The first element that Carver used was characterization. The three characters of “Cathedral” are Robert,
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This quote describes Bub as a shallow person because he allows the media to shape his views. Bub was jealous of men who were close to his wife, especially Robert. For example, Bub stated, “They talked of things that had happened to them—to them!—these past ten years. I waited in vain to hear my name on my wife’s sweet lips…But I heard nothing of sort. More talk of Robert” (Carver). Carver expressed an insecure and desperate tone for Bub.

He wanted to receive more attention from his wife and he didn’t like that Robert was taking the spotlight. At the end of the story, Bub had an epiphany that transformed his negative viewpoint to an open-minded, positive attitude. Bub's wife, who is nameless in the story, is the bridge that connects Bub and Robert. The wife valued human connection. In the beginning of the story, she felt miserable in her first marriage because the army base movement created too much separation from her close friends. She divorced the army officer because she didn’t like the lifestyle and married Bub. She met Robert by responding to his job advertisement. While working together on the job, a friendship was established because Robert gave her a chance to express her feelings.

The plot element consists of five series of events which are exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Carver wrote this story in first person point of view in order to give us a feel of being inside Bub’s head

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