This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Cathedral Essay

1208 words - 5 pages

Cathedral
There are three major characters in this short story. Two of which stay unnamed throughout the story, the husband and the wife. The third character is a middle-aged blind man named Robert. He is an old friend and previous employer of the wife. It has been ten years since they had seen each other in person, but they kept in consistent contact by sending each other recorded messages on tapes. When Robert’s wife Beulah passes his old employee, the young wife, more than happily opens her home to him.
“Cathedral” takes place in the household of the husband and wife. The wife’s old friend comes to visit and he stays the night after a lot of traveling for his wife’s funeral. The ...view middle of the document...

This in turn makes the husband feel bad. Robert asks him to describe what a cathedral looks like to him. Cathedrals are extremely detailed pieces of architecture built over many years by many generations. They are all different according to which time period they were constructed in, and they are almost indescribable. Yet the husband still makes an attempt to give Robert a visual explanation hoping to help him picture one. His description however is not accurate, and Robert cannot imagine what a cathedral looks like.
We as readers can get an in-sight view on how the husband feels towards the blind man because this story is written in first person coming from him. In the beginning, background information about the relationship between the wife and her friend is given to us from the husband as he has been told. When their guest arrives, there is an uncomfortable tension coming from the husband towards him. It seems as though the blind man pays no heed to the snide remarks made towards him. We are unsure though because what we see comes from the husband’s eyes, and what we know comes from the thoughts in his mind. We are not allowed to understand what Robert is thinking or feeling because of the point of view this story is written from. However a sense of acceptance and contentment with himself can be determinded from the blind man’s actions and responses to the remarks made by the husband.
The wife’s character is constant throughout this short story. The blind man develops a little as he makes a new friend, learns about cathedrals and what they look like. The husband changes the most. He starts off as an uptight man that is unwelcoming and rude to his guest. Not only is Robert his guest but he is also in mourning of his late wife, Beulah. The husband does not show sympathy towards him whatsoever, he actually somewhat mocks him. There is judgment and ignorance hidden in the husband’s thoughts. He thinks he knows what blind people are like from what he has seen in movies, although he has no idea. He has an intense misconception about who they are as people. He has no idea that they can be self-sufficient, just like any other human being. He actually fails to categorize them as normal people. He even stated that he believes they “move...

Other Papers Like Cathedral

Cathedral" and "Flight Patterns Essay

1009 words - 5 pages The historical and cultural context of “Cathedral”. Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” appears to have taken place in the Northeastern part of the United States, possibly New York. I came to this conclusion because the blind man was visiting his late wife’s relatives in Connecticut and was traveling five hours by train to visit the narrator and his wife. The narrator also makes a comment about sitting on the right side of the train when

The Portal Of Rouen Cathedral Light

671 words - 3 pages Art 2 The piece I chose was “The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light,” painted by French artist Claude Monet in 1894. The medium Monet chose for this piece was oil on a 100.3 by 65.1 cm canvas. This Rouen Cathedral itself is a Roman Catholic cathedral that is located in northwestern France, and was something Monet found interesting enough to paint while his stay in France. The Rouen Cathedral was a one of the few paintings that caught

A&P and Cathedral Comparison Essay

1677 words - 7 pages Mallory Russell 06/12/15 Comparison Essay ENG 102 Online “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver versus “A + P” by John Updike In the short stories “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver and “A + P” by John Updike the protagonists experience an epiphany that change their restricted way of thinking. The main character, “Sammy” in John Updike’s, “A + P” is a teenage boy working in the town grocery store. Sammy experiences an epiphany when he decides to quit

Compare and Contrast - to Room Nineteen & Cathedral

743 words - 3 pages In both Doris Lessing’s “To Room Nineteen” and Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, the protagonists exhibit a kind of selfishness. Although they share this similarity, they present their selfishness in different ways, and ultimately make very different life decisions based upon this. The Rawling family had “everything right, appropriate, and what everyone would wish for, if they could choose.” The husband and wife, Matthew and Susan, had a picture

Chartres Cathedral

649 words - 3 pages Christopher Ware AC0709553 AR300 Art History Assignment 04 11/27/12 My name is Christopher Ware and today I’m entering through the center portal. I am trying to get to the apse. To be able to see an Apse I was told by my mother to visit an historic church. By going there I would be able to find very unique architectural features. So I got online and did my research. I found a church named Sant Climent de Taüll which is located in Lérida

The Plot And Theme In Raymond Carver’S “Cathedral”

1140 words - 5 pages The Plot and Theme in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” Raymond Carver states that by the mid-1960s he was tired of reading and writing “long narrative fiction” (“On Writing” 46). Shorter fiction, he found, was more immediate. This mode of thought may help us to understand why Carver turned to compose shorter works of fiction like “Cathedral,” a work that acts as a brief glance into how one man’s physical blindness helps another man begin to

‘Wincheste Cathedral Is Typical of Cathedrals Between 1066 and 1540'. Does Your Study of the Site and Other Sources of Information Make You Agree or Disagree?

2709 words - 11 pages There were many factors that affected the change that took place in Winchester Cathedral. These included power, fashion and technology, wealth, religion and the reformation. Outside events and people that also affected Winchester Cathedral were that of the battle of Hastings, the crusades, William the Conqueror, Bishop Edington and the dreaded Black Death. The battle of Hastings took place in the year of 1066. After William defeated King

Architecture Paper

900 words - 4 pages examine the Greek Parthenon Temple and the Gothic Salisbury Cathedral. There were similarities and differences, in design and importance. This examination will compare and contrast the Greek and Gothic architectural styles and give insight on how the different eras influenced their importance. The Parthenon Construction on the Parthenon begun in 447 BC and was finish in 438 BC. The temple was dedicated to Athena the Goddess of war. It

Art: Romanesque and Gothic Architecture

708 words - 3 pages notable for its lightness (flying buttresses) and tall structures which were achieved through the development of firm architectural features which included pointed arches, corrugated vaults and traceried windows. It also had slender columns as opposed to huge and bulky ones (Banister 12). Romanesque France Aachen Cathedral The Aachen Cathedral was built by Charlemagne around 790-800 AD. The Aachen Cathedral is a building of great

Elements of Religous Tradions

1950 words - 8 pages Running head: Nichole Wise, Mary Alarcon-Ramirez, Robert Redcay, Christina Villa-Chism University of Phoenix Introduction to Humanities: The Ancient World to Medieval Times HUM/100 Shawmei Dee Hsieh March 22, 2012 Carolingian Architecture In the Carolingian period one of the most famous architectures is Aachen Cathedral also known as the Palatine Chapel and the Imperial Cathedral. The cathedrals unique design was

A Forceful Presence Of Christianity In Medieval Wo

1276 words - 6 pages celebrate holy days and other religious feasts.?The desire to introduce a systematic approach to knowledge greatly affected the formal study of religion that we call theology? (Spielvogel, 277). Christianity?s importance in medieval society was exhibited through theology?s central role in the European intellectual world. Theology was referred to as ?queen of the sciences?, reigning in monastic, cathedral and new universities (Spielvogel, 277

Related Essays

Cathedral Essay

1436 words - 6 pages Diane Perry Response Paper 1 Inside a Box Raymond Carver’s the “Cathedral” takes place in somewhere upstate New York with an estimated time frame of a setting of late 1960’s to early 1070’s. The clues of how Robert should travel while coming and going passed the Hudson, should offer the reader a clue where the setting takes place. (Carver 109)The references in the story with a color television set, terms used in the text

Chartres Cathedral Essay

3563 words - 15 pages The medieval Gothic cathedral was in many ways a civic building as well as a religious one. This particularly was the case with the famous cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres (Our Lady of Chartres) in the town of the same name, 80km south-east of Paris, built in the 13th century. Chartres cathedral was planned not only as a place of worship, but also developed as the centre of the towns economy and way of life, as the place that housed the relic of

Durham Cathedral Essay

1264 words - 6 pages Durham Cathedral Source A refers to the changes made in Durhamcathedral since the 12th century. There are certain aspects that have remained the same. The north doors remain unchanged although they have replaced the real sanctuary knocker with a replica. Although the main structure and architecture of the cathedral have not changed, particular things have, for example in the source it shows pointed towers. As

Murder In The Cathedral Essay

951 words - 4 pages A True Hero Portrayed: Thomas Becket Edward Grim was a good friend of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Around his neck, Grim even bore the cross necklace of Becket. On December 29, 1170, Grim witnessed the horrific murder of his good friend where he was delivering mass in his own cathedral. This was the day that Thomas Becket was martyred for his faith. Grim remained loyal to Becket, writing down the details of the brutality he