The narrator does not participate in this conversation, and mostly just listens. The two short stories I chose to focus on are Cathedral and Popular Mechanics. As with most of the stories in this collection, the character seems to observe himself more than to feel himself in control. In order to achieve something, one must do something in return. . Over the years, as she kept in touch with Robert, their connection seemed to be an important part of her life. When the narrator makes the joke, Robert lowers his head.
They had a great marriage, but then Beulah got cancer and died. The narrator gets into it, and starts drawing the cathedral with Robert's hand on his. He explains that his wife met the blind man ten years ago when she worked for him as a reader to the blind in Seattle. Robert clears his throat and asks the narrator to do him a favor: find some paper and pen, and they will draw a cathedral together. Though he never directly mentions this truth, he spews it in between the lines of his text with every disrespectful remark or unwelcoming thought displayed through his narration.
The rising action is when Robert arrives at their home to visit. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to. She was the perfect example and was the obvious one for me. He dies at the age of fifty due to cancer. Central Conflict internal conflict: protagonist vs. Here the narrator betrays his inability to empathize with the emotional experiences of others, including his own wife.
Webster, this inability to reconcile that she has gone and left him alone. She read to Robert and helped him with all the household chores. An object can mean many things in a story. Webster checking in on him. In describing his lack of faith in religion, the narrator in fact describes himself more generally: he truly does seem to have no faith in anything. He is a dynamic character.
He thinks blind people are sad and depressing. It brings up the question, who is truly blind in the story. The truth behind his irritation can also be drawn up from the expansive relationship his wife and this blind man have grew over the years. Then she tells him that Robert married Beulah after she came to work for him. The narrator tries his best to explain it to Robert, but he fails. The blind man and the woman kept in touch through audio tapes throughout the years. Many among society today have a minute understanding of what it is to truly see, that this initiative is more than physical viewing and bases itself mainly on emotional understanding, for instance, figuratively seeing what is inside other people, what they feel and how they think.
In life, physical blindness usually represents an inability or handicap, and those people afflicted with it are pitied. Unlike his own situation, which only convinces him he is alone, she and Mr. Later he can't tell when he's sleeping and not through his fever , Mrs. This brings the narrator and Robert closer together as they share a moment like old friends. There is an interesting aside when he listens to Robert and his wife talk about their past decade apart. The son of a sawmill worker, Raymond Carver graduated from high school and worked a number of blue-collar jobs janitor, gas-station attendant, delivery man to support his wife and children. The stories differ in atmosphere and the quantity of people involve in each story which might be important to understand how changes occur.
When comparing the two again, however, Robert is the character that is open to new ideas and willing to experience the joys of life, while the narrator limits himself due to his close-minded thinking. She left her husband and got a divorce. As the narrator and his wife live nearby, Robert arranged to visit, and is on his way. His wife asks if her blind friend, Robert, can stay with them because his. He angrily kicked them out of the house.
One of Carver's chief goals in cathedral is to criticize people who fail, in one way or another, to communicate with society. The author develops these character through dialogue, but more so, the narrator's point of view. Robert asks the narrator to find a piece of paper and pen. The narrator displays a knowledge of religious practice that perhaps indicates he has a religious background. The narrator who remains nameless throughout the play holds deeply unfounded beliefs and stereotypes of what a blind person should be, yet through various stages of transformation he develops a bond with Robert, the blind man whom at first he privately mocked and feared. Carver uses the husband, Bub, to narrate the story. After they make love, in bed, the phone rings and Carlyle refuses to answer, knowing it's Eileen.
The narrator's perception of the world around him, and blurred vision, is resolved by a great irony in the story when Roger helps the narrator see past his prejudice outlook on life. It also shows which character the male or female is more determined to keep the relationship alive and burning. Invent a Character can be adapted to any short story or novel when teaching character analysis strategies. The narrator is not only being superficial and ignorant, but not being able to see what is beyond the physical eye. The irony here is that he is mocking the man for his disability even as it is this disability which occasioned the friendship in the first place and allowed the two to develop such a strong and tender bond. It is at this time when the narrator finally gets to see the attitude and thoughts of the blind man, leading directly to his own personal transformation. Robert asks him to try to describe a cathedral for him, because he can't picture one.
It also shows which character the male or female is more determined to keep the relationship alive and burning. And his being blind bothered me. She suffers from internal struggles and conflicts in her marriage. Suddenly the narrator no longer has much to base his prejudices on. This gave the woman enough money so that she could marry her childhood sweetheart. When they arrive, he watches his wife laughing and talking with the blind man as she leads him by the arm to the house.