Raymond Carver, “Cathedral."1. Who is the narrator? What do we know about him? Why does the impending visit by the blind man disturb him? 2. Toward the end of the story, the blind man asks...
1. Who is the narrator?
What do we know about him?
Why does the impending visit by the blind man disturb him?
2. Toward the end of the story, the blind man asks the narrator to describe a cathedral.
Why is the narrator unable to do so?
What does his inability to do so reveal about him?
3. Why does the blind man tell the narrator to close his eyes while he is drawing?
What does he hope to teach him?
What is the narrator able to “see” with his eyes shut that he cannot see with them open?
4. In paragraph 96, the blind man observes that the men who began work on a cathedral never lived to see it completed. In this way, he says, “they’re no different from the rest of us.”
What does the cathedral symbolize to the blind man?
What does it come to symbolize to the narrator?
The narrator, Bub, does not really have a name. We do not know his name, at any rate. The story is told from his perspective. The narrator is a loner, but he is married. His wife has a friend who is blind, but he is not happy that the blind man is coming over. He seems to react with jealousy. However, when he is unable to describe the cathedral to the blind man, he opens up to him a little. The blind man teaches him to see through drawing, because he can see the cathedral with more than his eyes.