As the narrator explains, Robert's wife had died recently and so he was visiting her family in Connecticut. He cannot give a portrait of his partner. The narrator isn't happy about this. He thinks blind people are sad and depressing. They return to the living room with more drinks, and talk more about the past 10 years.
He told them what it was like to be childless all these years. The characterization does a lot to disguise the narrator's primary problem: he is detached from his life. By doing so, he is able to both see and understand, something, which he lacked early on in the story. Because the story is written in the first person, the reader is able to see what the narrator is thinking as well as speaking. He never connects with anyone emotionally until the end of this story. The story jumps into its main action as the wife prepares dinner and the narrator glibly suggests taking Robert bowling. And now he's coming to spend the night.
The narrator tells more of his wife's past. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to 184. The narrator suggests taking the blind man bowling. But through out this whole disagreement with his wife, the narrator was still in dislike of Robert. It really is his mark of absence. Most of these Gothic stories feature characters whose perceptions of themselves and the world around them are abnormal due to drug use, being in a dream state, or simply just madness. After dinner, they go back to the living room to drink more.
As a result, many men try to be the warrior who saves the people around them and always puts on a bold face. The act of being blind can set limitations on the human mind, thus causing their perception of reality to dramatically change in ways that can cause fear, personal insecurities, and eternal isolation. At the end of the story, the narrator sees Robert in a new light. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. We are given the choice of seeking out more of said idea or choosing to remain as is. It is also at this stage, as the narrator is drawing a Cathedral that the reader suspects that both the narrator and Robert are connecting in some way. Robert tells the narrator to close his eyes and keep drawing, and the narrator does so.
All the reality we can study from the narrator's story derive from complete annoyance. In conclusion I will say that Raymond Carver could show his viewers in his tale Cathedral not only the real human relationships by the example of the blind man Robert, but also shallowness and ignorance, jealousy and inhumanity by the exemplory case of the narrator whom he even didn't provide a name in his literary work. Robert seems to have a better view of life than the narrator who can see physically where he is going, but seems to be blind to where his relationships or lack thereof are headed. At this moment, something strange happens to the narrator. Bub proves that he is capable of seeing the physical things around him, such as his wife, his home, his marijuana, and even the blind man Robert, who eventually changes his outlook on life. Webster, page 184 As Carlyle finally begins to talk to Mrs. Also, the idea that the blind never laugh play's a significant role towards the narrator's opinion of Robert because he expects a very dull evening with a blind man who has no sense of humor.
The narrator is more than remote from his wife — he's dismissive of her. He tries to describe the cathedral, but when he can't, he attempts to retreat back into cynicism. So much about Bud and Olla's house is strange, epitomized by both the peacock and the ugly baby. . Although one can draw many interpretations from these two stories, written in 1953 and 1983, respectively, one might refute many impracticalities associated with the nostalgic state of many of these characters, who possess characteristics that would be considered archaic and imbecilic.
It really is this very second which can only help the narrator to feel the beauty of the cathedral he will draw through Robert's side. It's no wonder the narrator thinks of Robert as a possibly shady figure. He remembers how happy he was with Eileen, and doesn't understand how it could have come to this. After eight years, however, Beulah died from cancer. In these characters not only does sight and blindness become conflicted with each other, but the issue of knowledge, also. Robert gets a bright idea and tells the narrator to find paper and a pen.
The short story is about a man, the narrator, which wife is going to meet her old friends, Robert, whom is blind. The narrator changes the channel and asks Robert if he wants to go to bed. His wife had been living on the West coast with a man she was going to marry, and found Robert's ad seeking someone to read to him. The irony is that the blind are wise because they 'see' some greater truth because they are not blinded by the limitations of the physical world. Robert does not know what a cathedral looks like, so the husband starts to explain it to him.
Likewise, he seems contemptuous of her desire to write poetry. This refers to the fact that in the nineteenth century, the man was responsible for taking care of the woman both financially and emotionally, while the woman was expected to stay at home. In order to achieve something, one must do something in return. Blindness can be caused from various different types of things including in order age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related cataracts. They sit near one another and Robert closes his hand over that of the narrator, and tells the latter to draw. Sometimes we have vast knowledge of certain ideas. The narrator then turns on the television, irritating his wife.
It's nothing particular, he says, but nevertheless the narrator finds himself realizing that he does enjoy company, and then feeling compelled to explore the limits of Robert's sight, and to help the blind man visualize a cathedral. However, he had an epiphany when he got to spend time with the blind man. A lot of people dream about it and use all their opportunities to achieve it. The narrator attempts to describe what he sees on the television; however, when a cathedral appears in a documentary, the narrator is unable to find the words to describe it. As the narrator and his wife live nearby, Robert arranged to visit, and is on his way. Suppose this was for the first time. He understands that the blind man is a genuine good friend of his partner.