The Role Of Acceptance In Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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Acceptance is key, and, under no circumstances can you know what a person may hold for your future. The narrator in Raymond Carver's short story "Cathedral" was not very accepting of his wife contacting the blind man named Robert with the help of tapes. When he came to visit the couple, the narrator, known as "Bub," was shocked to find that the stereotypes of blind men, which he learned by watching movies, were all false. Carver made Bub to be blind, not physically, but to what communication can lead to.

At the beginning, Bub was blind to the world, as he rarely made any communication with anyone, including his wife. He had a stereotype for, what seemed like, every type of person. When he initially saw Robert, he was shocked. Right at that moment, as Robert stepped into the house, so
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The cathedral that they soon draw is a gateway to Bub's understanding of how to be more open to the world. He was finally happy, having a sense of what people could be like. Bub's wife came in, wondering what the two men were doing on the floor with a pen and a paper bag. Not only were they drawing a cathedral, they were opening each others eyes. The narrator's eyes were opened to the truth that he needed to communicate to the world, and Roberts were opened to, the best of the narrator's ability, what a cathedral looks like., At the end of the night, the narrator is working together with Robert, who asks about its looks. Bub responds with "It's really something.‟ He is not talking about the cathedral, as his eyes are shut. Instead, he speaks about the feeling of being free from his lack of communication. He always prejudged everyone, including his wife, before interacting in any fashion with any individual. The cathedral, the moment where the narrator becomes aware of what needs to change, makes the narrator more accepting of everyone, especially

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