Cathedral by Raymond Carver takes a character through a journey to self realisation. In this short narrative Raymond Carver changes the storyteller from deficiency of cognition and dissatisfaction into self realisation and avidity. The storyteller of the narrative is a adult male who is shockable towards his married woman ‘s friend Robert who is blind. The storyteller is near minded and does n’t cognize how to hold deep meaningful relationships. It seems as if he is introverted and has a pessimistic point of position. The storyteller sees the blind adult male as blind, he does n’t recognize the importance of human connexion ; he “ Judgess the book by its screen ” . During the terminal of the narrative the storyteller comes to realisation and learns valuable lesson from the blind adult male. Carver creates a narrative of self realisation and human connexion and uses the symbol of sightlessness of the storyteller because of his inability to seek and accept people who are different.
Robert is the unsighted friend of the storyteller ‘s married woman. He is really pleasant and a sympathetic individual. Unlike the storyteller Robert seems to cognize a batch about life. Robert seems to care more about the storyteller ‘s married woman so he does. Robert seems to hold accepted his abnormalcy, and proves that he can still understand the universe every bit good as anyone else. He proves this when he jokes about the telecasting by stating “ but if I turn the Television on, and I ‘m ever turning it on, I turn on the colour set. It ‘s amusing, do n’t you believe? ” ( Carver ) . Robert ‘s physical disablement helps the storyteller go a new individual. Because of his patient Robert is capable of holding normal human dealingss.
The storyteller did non alter until the procedure of pulling the cathedral, “ Near your eyes now, the blind adult male said to me. I did it. I closed them merely like he saidaˆ¦ It was like nil else in my life up to now ” ( Carver ) . The cathedral becomes a symbol of belief and transmutation. The pulling gives the storyteller religion towards Robert and closes his eyes as if he were pulling blind, “ The blind adult male felt around over the paper. He moved the tips of the fingers over the paper, all over what I had drawn, and he noddedaˆ¦His fingers sit my fingers as my manus went over the paper. It was like nil else in my life up to now ” ( Carver ) . This is the first clip the storyteller is seen this stopping point to Robert. When Robert had told the storyteller to open his eyes he did n’t, “ My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But I did n’t experience like I was indoors anything ” ( Carver ) . At that minute the storyteller had transformed dramatically. He transformed into something that he thought would ne’er hold happen. The storyteller has “ opened his eyes ” into a new sight with more significance. He has opened his close-mindedness, and begins to larn how life can be appreciated. At the really end the storyteller says “ It ‘s truly something ” , that positive energy from him symbolizes a hope and brings him a new realisation and spiritualty.
The storyteller transforms from a bias human being to a more accepting adult male. He learns to be more open-minded and more outgoing. Carver shows how Robert adapts the actual function of sightlessness, whereas the storyteller is internally unsighted because of his inability to seek and accept people who are different. I can associate this to a personal experience of mine because I used to believe I was right. Everything I do, state, or even think was right and ever right. My girlfriend had brought to my attending one twenty-four hours and fundamentally made me recognize that I was incorrect. I was blind because I was merely looking everything from my position and no 1 else ‘s. Carver ‘s narrative teaches a lesson that people need to appreciate the things given to them with unfastened Black Marias and unfastened eyes.