The Importance Of Sight In Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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Seeing through the eyes of the blind Sight is often one of the five senses taken for granted. Seeing is one of the most powerful senses to have. To be able to see the world and all of its glory is an amazing opportunity. However, many do not understand what changes when someone cannot see. While one cannot see he has to imagine what others explain, thus letting the blind person create whatever it is in their head. A prime example of this would be the story of “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. This story is about the adventure of a man who has a blind guest. Carver uses dialogue to compliment the theme of the story; looking vs. seeing. As the story begins the reader is told about Robert, the blind man, and a little bit about his life. The narrator …show more content…
While watching cathedrals are being displayed on the screen; interested enough Robert asks if the narrator could draw one for him. After the narrator grabs the items he needs to draw the cathedral he questions himself. The narrator states “I stared hard at the shot of the cathedral on the TV. How could I even begin to describe it? But say my life depended on it. Say my life was being threatened by an insane guy who said I had to do it or else.” (111) The narrator at this point is caught using his sense for granted; he can look at the cathedral, but he cannot see. This is the turning point for the narrator. He has taken upon a question even he is not certain of. The narrator at this point is learning how to see, but how does Robert …show more content…
Even if the sight was temporary it meant more to himself than Robert. The sense of sight is a powerful tool people take for granted. However, people who can see can help others who can’t. By helping others exploit other senses anything is possible. One could see with smell, see with touch, and even see with sound. There are multiple ways of seeing, sight is just an image. The way the dialogue is used is not only great for a story, but also a great message for life. This is why Carver uses dialogue to compliment the theme of the story; looking vs.

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