cathedral - Ying Li Dr Muriel Brennan ENG 110AG Feb 11 2008 Literature Response Sheet Title Cathedral Author Raymond Carver Narrator a participant as

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Ying Li Dr. Muriel Brennan ENG 110AG Feb. 11, 2008 Literature Response Sheet Title : “Cathedral” Author : Raymond Carver Narrator : a participant as the husband, and he is immature. Setting : in the narrator’s house at night Protagonist : Robert (the blind man) Antagonist : the narrator (the husband) Characters : the wife, Beulah Symbols : cathedral is a symbol of things one has to see by heart. Polarities : the blind vs. the healthy, Stereotype vs. Real life experience Theme: Prejudice can be overcome through life experience. Response : The first impression of this short story is the transformation in the narrator’s attitudes toward Robert, a blind man. At the beginning, the narrator was bothered by this blind man. “He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me. … A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (Carver 99) and even “he touched his fingers to every part of her face, her nose---even her neck!” (Carver 99). He was also bothered that the blind man kept in touch with his wife by tapes for many years. The

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