The Blind Man By Raymond Carvers Essay

1508 Words Sep 27th, 2016 7 Pages
We make choices every day. Do we really know how these choices will affect our lives? Do we even think about the future before we decide or is it an instantaneous decision? The main characters in this story have no names. They are mentioned and described by what they are. The blind man, wife, my wife’s officer, and of course the narrator. This was a choice that the author made, and this choice had an impact on how I felt about this particular story. I believe the reason for the lack of names is to show that names really aren’t important. Our names mean nothing in a larger sense.
Raymond Carvers story, “Cathedral” about a husband who walks us through his interaction with a blind man. This blind man is a longtime friend of his wife’s. The narrator chooses to focus on the fact that this blind man would be nothing but a problem in his house. He didn’t spend all of these years getting to know him like his wife did. The fact that this man is blind is the only thing that matters to the narrator at first. “And his being blind bothered me. My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to “(Carver 33). I think that this is especially important to the story because this was his initial feelings about the blind man before he actually met him. This was the narrator’s impression and opinion of someone before he had even met him.

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