When Robert asks the narrator to open his eyes again to view his work, the narrator decides to keep his eyes closed for a little while longer. They even argue about whether they're hurting the baby, but they seem less concerned with the truth of their statements than with the opportunity to hurl accusations at each other. Towards the end of the story, his views changed, he accepted the fact that Robert is a blind man. If for some reason he never saw her again, it would stay with his conscious that she had felt this way because of his actions. So much happens in the story that is not said that I sometimes wonder is Carver also suggesting that what happens within a relationship or why a relationship may come to an end is only really known by the participants of the relationship. He quit drinking but lung cancer took over- taking his life at the age of 50.
When we meet the narrator he is. As the mother leaves that morning for her trip back to California, the son notices her appearance: My mother holds my arm as I walk her down the steps to the driveway and open the car door for her. Cathedral is a touching story, in my opinion, as it reflects on what many of us, society, take for granted. In some ways the lack of light or the darkness acts as foreshadowing within the story, something that becomes clearer to the reader as we see both parents struggling with the baby. Robert has been a friend of the narrator's wife for the past ten years and is spending the night because he has not seen her for such a long time, but this bothers the narrator.
Sometimes a third person narrative or point of view can be helpful if it is independent and reliable. He feels completely free, no longer possessed by his jealousy, tension, or fear. Quite often in literature when a writer makes reference to a lack of light or possible darkness in a story they are usually attempting to symbolically link the darkness with something that may have already happened in the story or with an incident that is about to happen and which may not be a good thing or could be seen to be a negative or dark act. Some critics suggesting that it represents a communion between Robert and the narrator. Carver also manages to focus on the baby, though this is really only noticeable near the end of the story when the parents are physically fighting over him.
After settling, he asks if he'd heard Mr. Nobody has their own space and for a relationship to succeed each individual in the relationship has to have their own space. The stuff I live with every day. The narrator is honestly trying his hardest to help Robert understand what a Cathedral is in visual terms. My idea of blindness came from the movies. There are similarities between the stories, such as the use of a first person narrator, the plot, setting, and also there is an interchange between the narrator and the blind man in both stories.
The work finished for the day. He wakes up one Sunday in the throes of a fever. He cannot finish his story because alcohol has robbed him of coherence. Falling Action — The harm that is being caused to the baby. As for a thematic statement I imagine that Caver may be suggesting that those without a voice the baby should still be heard or taken into account. All the while, he'd been convinced she would come back, even though he resented her for her selfishness. Drinking and bonding with the blind man allow the narrator to confront his own loneliness and emotional evasions, and his mind and life start to open to new possibilities.
The narrator keeps his eyes closed when Robert asks him to view the finished drawing. My arm lay paralyzed,propped up like an old anchor underyour back. As she moves between table and kitchen our storyteller defends the fat man to her colleagues. The narrator does not participate in this conversation, and mostly just listens. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. And still, as the story shows, she is in fact helpless as well. Even before they sit together to draw the cathedral, Robert has begun to affect the narrator.
His alcoholism was so severe that he was hospitalized several times. Carver´s mother worked as a waitress and a retail clerk. The focus for most of the story is on the fight between both parents with the reader continually wondering as to what may have caused the separation. He married a year after finishing and supported his wife and two children by working as a janitor, gas-station attendant, and delivery man. Symbolically the Cathedral that the narrator draws is also significant. There is a moment at the end where they clutch each other, almost as if they realize how they have been behaving. And while his actions certainly speak to these points, it is his misunderstanding of the people and the relationships presented to him in this story which show most clearly his tragic flaw: while Robert is physically blind, it is the narrator that cannot clearly see the world around him.
What is also interesting or possibly symbolic is that Carver may be using the symbolism of the house being too small to suggest that the relationship between both parents will never grow. I think sombre could also be used to describe the tone of the story. Carver manages to keep the reader engaged by never letting the reader know as to why the parents are separating. They shake hands, and then she leads him to the sofa. Fear of waking up to find you gone. He had only phoned once before, and Richard answered the phone.
The narrator revaluates his suspicious ideas regarding the troubled relationship; and his ultimate personal transformation gives way to the foreshadowing of a profound epiphany surrounding the entire story. 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. Both parents want the baby and this is made clear by their fighting over him. Appreciation, Fiction, First-person narrative 1071 Words 4 Pages Raymond Carver Raymond Carver is an award winning short story writer and poet. He expressed his frustration and fear over not finding a suitable babysitter.