I put down the pen and closed and opened my fingers. After they make love, in bed, the phone rings and Carlyle refuses to answer, knowing it's Eileen. The narrator tries, but he can't find the words to adequately describe what he sees. Raymond Carver Theme Born in 1938 in a small town in Oregon married his high school sweetheart, but divorced her later in life and remarried his father was an alcoholic, and he suffered from alcoholism himself published Cathedral after becoming sober most of his stories are realistic and focus on people's lives; how they face difficulties and revelations. The narrator is unwilling to engage with Robert in a sincere manner.
The narrator does as he is asked. Eileen has occasionally sent cards and photographs to the kids, as well as letters asking Carlyle to understand that she was making art in California and truly happy, and hoped he understood. Of course, included in Robert's conception of a cathedral is that the people who work on them rarely live to see their work completed. Robert asks for Scotch with just a splash of water, and the narrator makes the same drink for himself and his wife. At one point she became so miserable she attempted suicide. At the beginning of the story the husband is telling of a blind man coming to visit him and his wife.
This perspective opens a clear window into the feelings, attitudes, and the isolation of the unnamed narrator. On those nights, he and Carol go out together. He confesses to the reader that he stays awake later than his wife each night, stoned, and often has dreams that frighten him. These books speak a lot about the individual and how they overcome the problem that is set before them and how their house either helps them in their problem or not. At the beginning of the story, the narrator? These books speak a lot about the individual and how they overcome the problem that is set before them and how their house either helps them in their problem or not. Through his pain and awkwardness, even as the kids are uncomfortably forced into silence, he keeps talking. The husband is quick to acknowledge the fact he is not happy with having a blind man in his house, let alone a man he has never met but on tape, and a man that has an unusual relationship with his wife.
During his childhood, he wrote poems while working for odd jobs which included janitor, deliverymen. He took some more classes from the then Sacramento State College. The narrator does not want to hear another person talking about him, or to fully know the level of emotional intimacy that his wife shares with Robert. The woman wakes up and can't understand what they are doing, even though Robert tells her. Soon they have a big dinner and seem to enjoy eating together. The narrator isn't happy about this. He keeps drawing, even as his wife wakes and is curious about what's happening.
The story is ultimately about transcendence; that is, an existence beyond the limitations of physical things. Method Of Development Cathedral is developed through a series of dialogues, thoughts, and actions. The final enlightenment experienced by the narrator is a direct result of the mindset brought upon by his marijuana usage. He speculates that she could have worn whatever she wanted. It brings up the question, who is truly blind in the story. . Again this could suggest a detachment from others.
But through out this whole disagreement with his wife, the narrator was still in dislike of Robert. He still loves his wife very much, but he doesn't know how to speak to her anymore. In describing his lack of faith in religion, the narrator in fact describes himself more generally: he truly does seem to have no faith in anything. Robert's wife dies, and comes to their house to spend a couple of days with the narrator and his wife. The narrator finds his wife in the kitchen making dinner before she leaves to pick up the Robert from the train.
When the woman goes up to change clothes, the narrator rolls two marijuana cigarettes and begins smoking them with Robert, who's never smoked marijuana before. Carlyle's sense of helplessness is anchored in another theme, the Carver favorite of separation from others. He has abandoned his self-consciousness and his judgment of Robert. Robert asks the narrator to get some paper and a pen so that they can draw a cathedral together. I took up the pen again, and he found my hand. At the beginning of the story, the narrator? Cathedral by Raymond Carver is a story that gives us a look into what it is like to have our views challenged through experiencing them first hand. On her last day on the job she let Robert touch her face, then she wrote a poem about it.
Conclusively, the final drawing of the Cathedral truly helps the reader understand the meaning of achievement through working together. She speaks in a 'new age' fashion, seems to show disregard for their family, and acts as though they haven't separated when he feels deeply the pains of that separation. For the first time he appears to be able to see. Much later showed it to the narrator when they began going out. My idea of blindness came from the movies. My experience needless to say, laid in shattered pieces long before I took over the reins of raising myself and built a blockade fortress of stoicism. When she tells the blind man goodbye, he asks if he can touch her face.
Plot: Narrator's Wife: another nameless character, serving as the antagonist of the story. Later that night, he called , the secretary from school who he was dating casually. Webster's arrival is a miracle for Carlyle, who was falling increasingly into despair from his lack of options. Along the way, he will spend the night at the home of the narrator and his wife. These thoughts from the narrator represent his new found connection with Robert. Robert attempts to engage the narrator in conversation but the narrator is still resistant. Facebook Page - Paper by Fifty Three was used to make this video.