The Blind Man By Raymond Carver Essay

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In the short story “Cathedral”, the author Raymond Carver uses the idea of marriage to further address the act of discrimination toward the blind man and his wife. It demonstrates by the narrator’s jealousy when he talks about the blind man’s marriage. The narrator attack other people’s marriages in order to make him feel better about his own marriage. The blind man name is Robert; notice that the narrator never uses “Robert” when he speaks. He often says “the blind man” when he talks about Robert. It is a discriminatory act against Robert’s disability; the readers know that Robert’s blind, so it’s not necessary repeatedly telling the readers about it. The discrimination doesn’t stop at Robert’s disability, but expand to the wife’s racial ethnicity. The author shows that love in a marriage is above race, disability and outside appearances. The narrator uses prejudicial languages when he talks about people’s name. He talks about other peoples’ marriages in a negative attitude to avoid the complications in his own marriage. When the narrator talks about Robert’s wife, he shows sympathy for the wife in her marriage. The narrator expresses his feeling in the text, it says, “And then I found myself thinking what a pitiful life this woman must have led. Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one” (Carver 35). The narrator is speaking to all readers specifically to married couples when he talks about Robert’s disability. The phrase…

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