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James Bradley Cathedral 08/22/2021 Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” Discussion Questions 1.) Is the narrator a sympathetic protagonist? Does our opinion of him change as the story progresses? Does the narrator develop or change or "grow" over the course of the evening? Absolutely, he is certainly a sympathetic protagonist, we gain sympathy close to the middle of the story based off his substance abuse. Yes, our opinion changes. In the beginning we kind of see him as an a**hole then he progresses into this caring guy. The narrator does change in the beginning he sees him as a mere blind man, by the end he has developed a soft spot for the man. 2.) What are the primary emotions displayed by the narrator throughout, and how can we understand them in terms of the life he leads? What are some adjectives you would use to characterize him? What role does alcohol play in his life? The primary emotions displayed by the narrator throughout the story were jealousy and confusion. We understand this by seeing how he seems jealous when his wife interacts with the blind man constantly. We also see this with his blatant ignorance toward blind people in general and how he does not understand what his wife sees in the blind man. Adjectives to characterize him would be aggressive, blunt, sexist, and drunk. Alcohol plays a major role, everything he does he has to have a drink by dinner he was 7 in. 3.) What is the narrator’s attitude toward his wife? Describe the narrator’s marriage. What kind of marriage do they have, and what evidence do you find to support your conclusion? Is the narrator’s jealousy of Robert irrational? The narrator’s attitude toward his wife seems to be inconsistent. He seems like he is not happy with their marriage at certain times, but other times it seems like he loves her. Their marriage seems empty, because he and his wife don’t seem to have communication. They don’t even call each other by name. I don’t find the jealousy irrational because the things she does for blind man, she does not do for Robert. Sometimes he may take it to far, but for the most part no, not irrational. 4.) What is it about Robert that unsettles the narrator? What does Robert do to put the narrator at ease? The mere fact of him being blind unsettles the narrator, also how close Robert is to his wife is somewhat unsettling. Robert does the one thing that the narrator loves to do; drink. The narrator already feels lonely and Robert sits up and drink and smokes with him while he watches television.
James Bradley Cathedral 08/22/2021 5.) How does Robert shatter the narrator’s preconceived notions of blind people? How do his

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