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Describe narrator's epiphany at the end of "Cathedral."

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The narrator of "The Cathedral" spends most of the story feeling very uncertain about how he would interact with a blind man. He shows the reader that he thinks that a blind person would be substantially different from sighted people, and he is nervous about how to interact with one. Many of his comments indicate that he can't imagine navigating the world without sight and that he is nervous to try to do so. By the end of the story, after Robert and the narrator draw the Cathedral together, the narrator has developed a newfound comfort with the idea of Robert's blindness. Robert asks him what he thinks of the drawing, and instead of opening his eyes, the narrator keeps them closed, and with his eyes closed he says that the drawing is "really something." The narrator has had an epiphany that allows him to understand the drawing in the ways that Robert did, rather than with his eyes, like he's used to.

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The narrator's epiphany near the end of "Cathedral" is one seeing the world from a new...

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