Sight vs. Insight
?Cathedral,? is a short story written in 1983 by Raymond Carver. The story is
an ironic tale told through the eyes of the narrator. The conflict in this story is the narrator?s inability to see past physical appearances. The disability of the narrator?s pollutes his understanding of what is important in life. After a visit by his wife?s blind friend Robert, who has no sight but is still a complete man without it because he has an understanding to what is important in life, the narrator is able to reach some sort of insight.
The narrator starts his story by announcing the fact that an old friend of his wife?s was on his way over to spend the night. The narrator?s feelings of this are soon made apparent, by admitting that he is not enthusiastic about the man?s visit. The fact that he does not know this man and the fact that he is blind bothered the narrator. ?My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my
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