• Ray Carver's Blind Man
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    Ray Carver s character Bub, in Cathedral, seems irritated and sometimes hostile. His lack of self-endurance is portrayed in his initial actions. The vehemence of his prejudice is surprising. His initial anger and anxiety seem way out of proportion to the situation, as if the blind man were threatening to him somehow. Ray Carver shows his negative character in the introduction, and proceeds to change his character in the closing. In the early part of the story the narrator (which is the main char...
  • The Cathedral Blind Man
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    The Blind Man The narrator in Raymond Carver s 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 the eyes of the narrator, Robert s blindness i...
  • The Cathedral Blind People Story
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    At a glance Carver's writing style of the "Cathedral" seems simple but after further interpretation of the story one realizes that the "Cathedral" is about the interactions and epiphanies that regular people have that changes their entire life. This idea is perfectly represented at the end of the "Cathedral", throughout the story the husband knew nothing about blind people and wondered how can they live their life without being able to see. He continually made references to the effect of how can...
  • Cathedral And Myth Of The Cave
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    Platos Myth of the Cave and Carvers Cathedral provide insight into parallel words. The protagonists in each story are trapped in a world of ignorance because each is comfortable in the dark, and fearful of what knowledge a light might bring. They are reluctant to venture into unfamiliar territory. Fortunately the narrator in the Cathedral is forced by circumstances to take a risk. This risk leads him into new world of insight and understanding. The narrator in The Cathedral begins the story with...
  • Blind Children Child Learn Vision
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    Blind children, if given a chance, can play and learn right alongside their sighted peers. An open mind, a positive attitude, and a little creativity are usually all it takes to integrate blind students into regular preschool programs. The blind child can learn the same concepts that are taught the other children. The only difference is the method of learning. The blind child must make more use of the other senses. They also need parents and teachers who will allow lots of hands-on experiences....
  • Cathedral 2 Short Story
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    When most people think of blind people, they tend to picture a person with dark sunglasses, a seeing eye dog, and a walking stick. These are stereotypes and obviously do not remain true in the case of all blind people. In Raymond Carver's short story 'Cathedral,' the main character is jealous and judgmental of his wife's friend who happens to be a blind man. It is the combination of these attitudes that leads to his own unique 'blindness.' It is through this initial blindness, that the character...
  • Cathedral Blind Man
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    Raymond Carver's Cathedral The Husbands Enlightenment Raymond Carvers "Cathedral" is narrated from the point of view of a hostile and ignorant husband, whose wife has invited a blind friend to spend the night. The narrator is, through his forthcoming descriptions of his wife and the blind man, viewed as extremely bitter. However, as the story progresses, the narrators tone and demeanor change from caustic to warm and enlightened. The story opens as the narrator explains that "the blind man" is o...
  • Oedipus Theme Of Blindness
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    Teiresias vs. Oedipus The play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles tells about a man who is blind to see his own fate. The King goes through many different hubris acts leading up to the reason why he is blind. Throughout the play many different people try to tell Oedipus what's happening but he doesn't want to believe it. Oedipus was given away as a baby, and raised by another King and Queen. Oedipus grew up and killed his father and became King of the city. This caused him to be wed to his mother. Eyes a...
  • Cathedral Blind Man
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    The protagonist in "Cathedral," Bub, is a man who has several defining characteristics. Bub is insecure, insensitive, and ignorant. This is clearly shown in Bub's relationships with his wife and Robert. Bub's insecurities are blatantly shown when he comments on his wife's ex-husband: Her officer-why should be have a name? He was her childhood sweetheart, and what more does he want? Bub resents the ex-husband for being his wife's first love. He would have liked to have had that role so he negativ...
  • The Cathedral Blind Man
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    ... over the paper. It was nothing else in my life up to now. Then he said, I think that's it. I think you got it, he said. Take a look. What do you think? But I had my eyes closed. I thought I would keep them that way for a little longer. I thought it was something I ought to do. Well, he said. Are you looking? My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But, I didn't feel like I was inside anything. It's really something I said." (Page 108). By becoming blind he sees clearly ...
  • Cathedral Blind Man
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    Jessica Boehme r Cathedral People in society are alienated in various ways. Alienations have a stereotype of being negative and offering nothing to the normal person. In the short story, Cathedral, a blind man, Robert, is the assumed alienated character in the opening of the story. The nameless protagonist is thought to be that of the normal crowd. As the story progresses it takes a surprising turn, and roles seem to switch. The characters can be said to be in a situation where the blind lead t...
  • Raymond Carvers Cathedral Blind Man
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    As with many short stories, Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" only has a few pages to develop his main character and create a scenario he or she must learn from or achieve something from or change because of. In such a short amount of space, word choice is integral in constructing a solid impression of the characters and their personalities in the reader's mind. Carver's simple use of language and sentence structure combined with his choice for point of view creates an intriguing tone and believable ...
  • Oedipus Lightness Vs Dark
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    Light vs. Dark in Oedipus Throughout Oedipus the King, Sophocles employs one continuous metaphor: light vs. darkness, and sight vs. blindness. A reference to this metaphor occurs early in the play, when Oedipus falsely accuses Tiresias and Creon of conspiracy: Creon, the soul of trust, my loyal friend from the start steals against me... so hungry to overthrow me he sets this wizard on me, this scheming quack, this fortune-teller peddling lies, eyes peeled for his own profit-seer blind in his cr...
  • Oedipus Sight Physically Blind
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    Ancient Greeks cared deeply about the pursuit of knowledge. Although the truth was often a terrifying concept, they still saw it as a critical virtue. One of the main underlying themes in Oedipus the King is the struggle of sight vs. blindness. Oedipus' blindness is not just physical blindness, but intellectual blindness as well. Sophocles has broken blindness into two distinct components. The first component, Oedipus's ability to 'see' (ignorance or lack thereof), is a physical characteristic....
  • Oedipus The King Images Of Blindness
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    Oedipus the King has many images of blindness, both physical and blindness of the mind. The characters surrounding these images are Oedipus and Tiresias the prophet. When the play begins Oedipus has vision and Tiresias cannot see, but by the end of the play, it is clear who can really see and who is blind. When Oedipus first encounters Tiresias, the blind prophet proceeds to tell Oedipus after much pressure that Oedipus is the one who has brought the great plague down upon Thebes and that he is ...
  • Cathedral Blind Man
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    Cathedral The story, "Cathedral," is written in first person point of view. The title is a depiction for what happens in the story. A cathedral is a symbol of faith and strength, and an important factor to this story. The story is about the conversion of a man who is depressed about life and who has a nonchalant view to faith. "This is a man who lives a reclusive, isolated life, trapped in the prison of his own skin and his own bigoted and skewered way of looking at the world." (Wired for Books...
  • Cathedral Blind Man
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    Life is a learning experience but sometimes the lessons come from people and places we would least expect them to. This was certainly true for the narrator (who remained nameless) in Raymond Carver s short story Cathedral. A visit from an old friend of his wife s is going to take place. The narrator is not looking forward to it one bit. He is uncomfortable with the whole idea of this man. He dislikes the close connection and communication this stranger shares with his wife, but he especially de...
  • Blinded By Food Blind Dinner Deaf
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    Blinded by Food Before I planned to blindfold myself and go through the weekly family Sunday night dinner, I knew one thing. That thing was: in this experiment I want to come a step closer, to see which is better; being blind or deaf. Hence, on this adventure I want to learn the pros over being deaf than blind and maybe the cons another time when I make myself deaf. Of course, I also want to discover the daily sensations a blind person goes through, as well as their daily difficulties, like runn...
  • Blindness In King Lear And Oedipus Rex
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    In Oedipus the King and King Lear, both main characters, as well as some minor characters, experience not only physical blindness, but mental blindness as well. King Lear, Gloucester, and Oedipus are "blind to the truth" in the beginning of the plays, and then experience some form of catharsis, the spiritual purging of emotions. In the end of the plays, all the blind characters gain the ability to "see." In King Lear, Lear is mentally blind. Before he divides his kingdom, Lear asks his three dau...
  • Blind Conform Conformity Example Crucible
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    Blind Conformity In The Crucible Essay, Research Blind Conformity In The Crucible Crucible Essay – Blind Conformity Blind conformity to mass thought is an issue that greatly affected the events of the Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible. The tendency of the townspeople to conform blindly may have come from their religion. Puritanism did not encourage individuality, and anyone who was "different' was looked down upon. Also, the fear of the devil was blinding, and no one wanted to risk having...