What is the significance of Carver's choice of a cathedral as catalyst for the narrator's learning experience, and what dimension does it bring?

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In "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, there are many references to religion and faith throughout the story. However, the cathedral itself is not brought up until near the end of the story. Prior to this, the narrator shows both ignorance and prejudice towards blindness, as well as a lack of faith that borders on mockery. When he has an epiphany of sorts—of wondering whether Robert understands what people mean when they say "cathedral"—he and Robert engage in an activity of drawing a picture together. Though the cathedral itself is not the deciding factor in the narrator's learning experience, it is nonetheless the catalyst for the transformation.

Throughout the story, the narrator makes many negative comments about the blind. He mocks Robert for having a beard, contemplates the "pathetic" nature of Robert's wife "who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one," and seemed amazed that Robert was able to complete a task as simple as using a knife and fork...

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