Robert is able to understand the wife more than the narrator because he truly listens despite his blindness. Therefore the narrator needs to comprehend the difference between seeing, and understanding. This shows that the narrator is third person limited based on observing, and understanding Robert only through his own knowledge, thoughts, sources, and feelings.
In this case, the narrator is seen as close-minded in the beginning, but takes a turn for the better towards the end of the story. Explanation/Event: The narrator relates his thoughts through assumptions at Robert. The speaker shows that he is fully aware that he can see. Although, later the narrator sees that Robert is blind (when Robert is welcomed into the home), therefore he assumes that he holds higher authority or superiority to Robert. 2.
The story’s setting shows how faith can be comprehended. Robert finds out how faith is a logical aspect to his blindness, and the narrator finds a way to use that faith to end his own close-mindedness.Faith is spiritual, and can not be seen. Robert can see this faith, but the narrator chooses to ignore it, even though it’s being shown in front of him on the television set. Ideally, Robert takes faith into his own hands, because he can’t see. The closed eye drawing of the cathedral with Robert, and the narrator indicates the narrator’s intention to gain a greater knowledge, and understanding of himself. Even though he couldn’t see what he was drawing, this gave the narrator a better understanding of what Robert truly deals with, and became the awakening for him. The cathedral was what represented faith for the both of them.
Something they both can’t see, but will help them understand. The author chose the setting of the story (the television with national geographic) as what would bring them together or help the narrator understand. This was known as faith, and let alone faith did its job.
Thesis: In the short story, Cathedral, Raven Carver uses third person limited to portray the narrator’s thoughts, and feelings as assumptions towards Roberts blindness, while exploiting the setting to indicate faith as the solution to ending the narrator’s close-mindedness. Extra explanation: Roberts blindness is a much bigger picture than the narrator’s epiphany and Raven Carver uses the setting (of faith) to help the narrator see that and get over it (aka ending the narrator’s close-mindedness).