Irony in the Short Story 'Cathedral' Essay

1200 Words Apr 28th, 2013 5 Pages
Rachel Corey
EN 12
The Blind Leading the Blind Blindness is an affliction that causes a person to possess the inability to see or to have the sense of sight. In the short story “Cathedral”, we meet an average, suburban husband and his wife, who have a troubled marriage. The husband is less than thrilled to meet his wife’s blind friend, Robert, who she has been exchanging tapes with for the past ten years. We feel sympathetic towards Robert because of his handicap, but as the story continues, it is in fact the narrator who should be pitied because he has trouble seeing the world on a deeper level. Ironically, Robert, the blind man, causes the narrator to realize this through having him draw a picture of a
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Sometimes lords and ladies” (par. 98). He failed to have Robert to imagine the real thing. As the narrator continues to describe the cathedral he realizes that he does not know how to. He goes on to say “The truth is, cathedral’s don’t mean anything special to me…They’re something to look at on late-night TV” (par. 109). This

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