The Blind Man In Raymond Carver's Cathedral
According to Clugston (2010) “A short story should contain a plot with a conflict driven tied together actions and events.” Throughout Cathedral there are two defined conflicts.
The first is the character versus character conflict between the narrator and Robert. As previously noted, the narrator is uncomfortable with Roberts’s blindness. He is also aware of the relationship his wife has had with the man, which makes him more uncomfortable. The second conflict is character versus self. The narrator is insecure in his relationship with his wife. He is uncommunicative and unresponsive to her attempts to share with him. The wife has tried to share her poetry and recorded conversations with Robert in which they spoke of the narrator, but the narrator shows indifference as Carver (1983) …show more content…
The television was on and a program about cathedrals was being broadcast. The conversation turned to the narrator trying to verbally describe a cathedral to Robert. Upon Robert’s request, paper and pen were gathered to draw a cathedral. The two men hunkered on the floor together holding a pen, and drew a cathedral. The narrator drew as Robert’s hand rode along feeling the lines and shapes. Robert then instructed the narrator to close his eyes and they continued drawing. When asked to open his eyes and see the creation, Carver (1983)