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Cathedral by Raymond Carver
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Feb 05, 2012

Cathedral is filled with passive animosity. In any case, this would be just another man jealous of his wife’s –in essence- past lover. Right off the bat, the reader is familiarized with the husband’s angst towards the Blind man. The husband is threatened by blind man’s swagger. The husband is pessimistic about the blind man’s visit. The husband has many reasons to feel this way; his wife always stayed in contact with the blind man even after all these years. The blind man is objectified by the husband. He calls him the blind man instead of his given name, Robert. Throughout the story, the husband forgets to show sympathy towards the widower. It isn’t until the end that the husband gains Roberts perspective on the world. The story is called “cathedral” because a program on cathedrals is what gave the husband insight on how Robert sees. The husband says,
“My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But I didn’t feel like I was inside anything”
As the husband traced his own markings, he saw in the way that Robert saw. He finally felt empathy for the blind man and his struggle.

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