Importance Of Names In Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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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
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This choice had a domino effect. It led these characters to one of the most meaningful interactions two human beings can share. It allowed the narrator to feel and it allowed him to see through someone else’s eyes. “The blind man had right away located his foods; he knew just where everything was on his plate” (Carver 37). As the story progresses, the narrator continues to learn more about this blind man. His opinions and perceptions about how the blind are finally begins to change. I think this is the point in the story where the narrator drops the fact that the man is just a blind person and begins to see that he’s just like everyone

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