Cathedral Raymond Carver Essay - Meyers 1 Garrick Meyers Prof Cosca English 1170 Relationships Their Destruction and Creation In Raymond Carvers

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Meyers 1 Garrick Meyers Prof. Cosca English 1170 September 14, 2014 Relationships: Their Destruction and Creation In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” the un-named narrator is quick to judge the “blind man” because he has never met a blind person before. However, as the story progresses and the narrator spends more time with the blind man, named Robert, the narrator builds a unique bond with him characterized by his newfound understanding of Robert, which is achieved upon completion of the cathedral drawing. The bond that they form serves in contrast to the marital bond between the narrator and his un-named wife, as their interactions with each other - or lack thereof - define their unhealthy relationship. When the narrator is first introduced to Robert, all he does is take note of Robert’s appearance and compare it to the preconceived notions he has about blind people; he wonders why Robert does not have dark glasses or a cane and why he smokes despite being blind. The narrator is pleasantly surprised when Robert asks for scotch with very little water, a drink that he would also drink. The narrator, his wife, and Robert go to the living room to talk more after dinner, where the narrator “just listened” and “now and then [he] joined in.” (361). Even when he

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