The Blind Man

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The Blind Man The narrator in Raymond Carverís Cathedral is not a particularly sensitive man. I might describe him as self-centered, superficial and egotistical. And while his actions certainly speak to these points, it is his misunderstanding of the people and the relationships presented to him in this story which show most clearly his tragic flaw: while Robert is physically blind, it is the narrator that cannot clearly see the world around him. In …

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…realizationí experienced by the narrator, I believe the literary community has overlooked his deep-rooted misunderstanding of everything consequential in life. The narratorís prejudice makes him emotionally blind. His inability to see past Robertís disability stops him from seeing the reality of any relationship or person in the story. And while he admits some things are simply beyond his understanding, he is unaware he is so completely blind to the reality of the world.