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How does the blind man, Robert, give the narrator new vision?

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Posted September 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM via web

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How does the blind man, Robert, give the narrator new vision?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM (Answer #1)

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Robert gives the narrator new vision through the ability to create.   A new vision is constructed when the narrator has to sketch the cathedral for Robert.  As the narrative opens, the narrator is shown to be one that lacks vision.  It is through the act of creation and communion that he grows. The vision that the narrator gains can be seen through the encouragement that Robert gives him:  ‘'Go ahead, bub, draw,' he said. 'Draw. You'll see. I'll follow along with you. It'll be okay. Just begin now like I'm telling you.'’’  The encouragement to draw and to share this with another is where vision becomes a part of the narrator's being.  While the opening of the drama featured the narrator as lacking this vision while retaining physical vision, Robert has taught the narrator "to see" in a more spiritual sense.

This vision is transformative as the narrator understands more of himself, the world, and his place in it.  This revelation causes him to remark that  ‘‘My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But I didn't feel like I was inside anything.’’  Being able to see outside of what is into the world of what can be and what might be is the new vision that Robert has given to the narrator, a condition of being that is "really something." 

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