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Name: Kaitlyn Visser “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver Exploring the Text p. 1091 Literature Textbook How does the first person narrator of the story reveal himself to the reader? Note his tone. Notice also the details he chooses to reveal about himself and his wife, as well as the details he doesn’t reveal. What character traits are you able to ascertain and even in the first few paragraphs? The narrator reveals himself to be an ignorant, opinionated and judgemental man from his views on the blind man and from how he treats his wife. He admits that he is bothered by the man's blindness despite never knowing the man personally and never interacting with a blind person. He also seems to not pay much attention to his wife or care about her opinions or hobbies as he does not try to understand her passion for poetry and does not try to understand the poems she has written about her experiences in life. He seems to be quite jealous of the relationship between the blind man and his wife because he goes into detail about what his wife and Robert would talk about and how close they were. His tone does not seem joyful but rather resentful about what they share with each other. He also does not strive to have a relationship with Ribert as he already has negative opinions of him and presumes that Robert has negative feelings for him. How does Carver’s narrator set the reader up for meeting the blind man? Is your first response to Robert the same as the narrator’s? Look at paragraphs 19-44. How does Carver use both the conversation and the narrator’s private thoughts to create the blind man’s character while also continuing to develop the character of the narrator? The narrator in the story already has a preconceived notion of what the blind man is gonna act like, what he can do, and what he can’t do. He describes Robert as if he did not have the qualities and characteristics of the typical or “normal” person just because he can not see. Carver uses the conversation to show that the narrator has the ability to act polite and be friendly towards the blind men while also using his personal thoughts to convey his uncomfortableness while being around Robert, while also noting the differences between himself and Robert. It helps to develop Roberts' characters because it shows him as a laid back happy man while making the narrator seem less judgemental because he is noting how they are different but also the same. My response was different from Roberts because I have met

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