Raymond Carver Cathedral Essay

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One’s actions will always speak louder than words. This being said, in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” there are three main characters; the narrator, his wife, and their guest of honor, Robert. Robert does an excellent job of portraying this quote very cautiously towards the end of the short story. He is visiting the narrator’s wife after the passing of his beloved wife, Beulah. The narrator, whom plays the role of Raymond Carver, is terribly jealous of Robert. His wife has been non-stop talking about how much she cares for this “blindman”. Now, why in the world would one with such abilities to see, be jealous of one who can not? Especially prior to meeting him in person. Well, Robert is quite the character himself. He is full of work ethic, …show more content…
and to not be afraid of change. That living for the right is more fulfilling than living for the wrong. Robert has been through tough challenges with his sight disability. He had to have overcame challenges that left a burden on his shoulders that were “skeletons” (94). He is never afraid to try new things. When the narrator offers him some “dope”, Robert kindly accepts his offer. They smoke for a little bit then they begin talking about cathedrals. As soon as Robert places his hand on the Narrator’s, the story changes from one of discrimination to one of suggestions. The placement of Robert’s hand symbolizes guidance of hope. Everyone needs someone to guide them. Robert then tells the narrator to close his eyes and draw. This symbolizes a new perspective of life. When the narrator doesn’t open his eyes to take a look at his masterpiece, this shows chance. Robert is the epitome of a short story character. His personality is full of three main characteristics: work ethic, wisdom, and encouragement. With a strong desire of work ethic, it shows his desire to be successful through daily challenges. A true combination of what is important in everyday lives. Robert would be the antagonist of the story. He pulls the narrator out of his comfort zone and gives him hope for a better future. While also teaching the Narrator to never judge a book by its