In the story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver a variety of elements of short fiction
contribute to theme. Raymond Carver uses a great variety of elements to render a theme
that all members of society are accepted.
The point-of-view in this story puts the narrator as a participant and the
protagonist. The narrator also has limited omniscience which keeps the reader from
seeing the blind man’s feelings. Early on, the narrator is rude
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Irony is when reality is not what it appears to be. Readers think that the blind man is at a
disadvantage based on the prejudices known by everyone. In reality, the blind man can
see things that seeing people are unable to see.
The theme that all of these elements contribute to is that all people are equal, and
the things you lack do not matter because they are made up for in other ways.