. Some critics suggesting that it represents a communion between Robert and the narrator. At first, his head still ached, and he felt awkward to be in his pajamas on the sofa with this old woman beside him, waiting patiently for him to go on to the next thing. Apparently, his wife and Robert have been corresponding by audio tape for the past ten years. Write an essay in which you analyze the role that the wife plays in this story. Look at the bottom of the page to identify which edition of the text they are referring to. It really is his mark of absence.
In reading the Cathedral by Raymond Carver, I was so anxious to finish it because I wanted so badly to know whether or not the narrator would be changed by his new circumstances. She tells him that if he doesn't try to make Robert comfortable, that means he doesn't love her. He explains that his wife met the blind man ten years ago when she worked for him as a reader to the blind in Seattle. There are no other sources cited. Raymond Carver, with his short story Cathedral, illustrates this point through the eyes of a man who will be spending an evening with a blind man, Robert, for the first time.
A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to 184. Otherwise, we remain static showing little development in ourselves. She will learn this through the story, so that the ending scene shows a communion wherein she and the baker find comfort in acknowledging the sadness of living separate from others. The husband is changed when he thinks he personally sees the blind man's world. He pours them another drink and asks if Robert would like to smoke marijuana. By juxtaposing his two male characters, Carver is able to effectively explore sight and its seemingly simplistic relationship with learning and knowledge. Although by the end of the text, Bub proves that his emotional blindness can be undone, not instantaneously, but over time, similar to the changes a cathedral makes over a long span of time.
The short-term effects of marijuana include impaired coordination; skewed sensory and time perception; difficulty with thinking; shortened attention span and distractibility; impaired learning and memory. The narrator, whose name they do not mention as well, is always on edge because he does not really know Robert very well and he does not like blind people, but he is being friendly for his wife's sake. Along the way, he will spend the night at the home of the narrator and his wife. He is credited with helping revitalize the of the English-language in the late 20th century. And his attitude about Beulah is harshly insensitive. Like him my view of the blind has change quite tremendously.
The narrator gets into it, and starts drawing the cathedral with Robert's hand on his. Aside from the thesis statements above, these quotes alone can act as essay questions or study questions as they are all relevant to the text in an important way. Of course, the irony is that they discuss change while immersed in their co-dependent alcoholism, a stagnant behavior. Throughout the story, he has considered his main problem to be how to take care of his children. He shows that he does not know how to act around Robert because again he does not see Robert as a person, but only as a blind man. Other times we are limited in what we can understand.
The only explanation the narrator provides in the storyline is the information of the cathedral which Robert asked him to do. Lantin, marries a poor girl who gains an obsession with theater and fake jewelry after her husband suggests she go with fellow wives. Carver liked to focus on the blue-collar and middle-class people facing dreary truths, disappointments, and small revelations in their ordinary lives1. He lacks compassion, has a narrow mind, is detached emotionally from others, and is jealous of his wife's friendship with a blind man named Robert. We instantly feel his grief, though the narrator seems almost oblivious. Moreover, they come to realize that they are truly alone in the world, that it is difficult to connect with people. I said, Suppose, just suppose, nothing had ever happened.
At the beginning of the story the husband is telling of a blind man coming to visit him and his wife. Without any knowledge whatsoever on how to act in accompany towards a blind man, the narrator seems to get a glimpse of what it is to truly fit into the blind mans shoe. My idea of blindness came from the movies. There must have been that between them, she thought. Would one expect to be welcomed with open arms or be met with a blinding cloud of jealousy. During this story Carver 's working class characters are crushed by broken marriages, financial issues, and unsuccessful jobs, but they are frequently unable to understand or communicate their own sufferings. Moreover he previously a well-tended beard which provided his appearance an intelligent look.
At the age of 40 he was one of the most promising writers of his generation and was also near ruin in everyway from alcoholism. Thus, in both of these short stories, Carver uses dark humor to discuss the mortality of the characters. This is plainly evident in the first paragraph when he states, I wasn't enthusiastic about his visit. Blindness can be caused from various different types of things including in order age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related cataracts. During his childhood, he wrote poems while working for odd jobs which included janitor, deliverymen. During this story, Carver 's working class characters are crushed by broken marriages, financial issues, and fulfilling jobs, but they are frequently unable to understand or communicate their own sufferings.
He continually made references to the effect of how can he be married and not be able to see his wife, if she had makeup purple slacks and so on he would never know. He made her feel uncomfortable, and she didn't like that…She studied his coarse features and wondered if he'd ever done anything else with his life besides be a baker. We are introduced to the story by narration and we are given a brief summary of how his wife and the blind man had met from the narrrator. So much about Bud and Olla's house is strange, epitomized by both the peacock and the ugly baby. Carver was a unique writer with a very distinct writing style and a truly minimalist and he is often compared to the writing of Ernest Hemingway.
There were no pleasantries between them, just the minimum exchange of words, the necessary information. But even though they both introduce stereotypical characters that somehow change their view of the world, they have many more different aspects. Every night I smoked dope and stayed up as long as I could before I fell asleep. The narrator first starts off as an arrogant, close minded individual who later opens his mind and is introduced to new perspectives of life. The effusive optimism of this story is a powerful end to the collection, which more often dwells in failure than hope, and in context should not be taken to reduce Carver's worldview to a celebration of the power to transcend. I was in my house. It is about a husband, the narrator, and his wife who live in a house.