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. He married year after he finished high school and had two children with his wife at the time. Art as Insight The narrator, his wife, and Robert find insight and meaning in their experiences through poetry, drawing, and storytelling. She told me he touched his fingers to every part of her face, her nose—even her neck! She ended up throwing them up, but used the occasion to pursue a divorce, which was followed by her dating the narrator. He himself faced many obstacles in life, one being alcoholism.
A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to. Without any knowledge whatsoever on how to act in accompany towards a blind man, the narrator seems to get a glimpse of what it is to truly fit into the blind mans shoe. Once presented, the negative effects of drug usage on the characters are obvious throughout the story. Robert's wife dies, and comes to their house to spend a couple of days with the narrator and his wife. Many of these objects, some ordinary everyday items, hold a symbolic meaning to the journeys we have taken over the course of our life. Carver focuses more on materialism and the breakdown of relationship due to bankruptcy. The narrator does not understand that what blind people cannot see they can experience by feeling and hearing.
Like in the case with the narrator and his wife, the more depressed and more anxious they become, the more dissatisfied is the marriage. There is obviously sexual intimidation — look at his language when he describes the touching of the face — yet he never acknowledges it. But it does celebrate the power that beauty and communion in the face of overpowering isolation can have, the way it can brighten our daily struggles and failures, as though to say that we must confront our isolation, loneliness and limits, continuing to work against it day-by-day even if we will, like the cathedral creators, never see our work completed. But even though they both introduce stereotypical characters that somehow change their view of the world, they have many more different aspects. After dinner, when they return back to the living room, the narrator listens to his wife and Robert talk. The conversation is a little sloppy, and the characters make some comments which could either be meaningless because of excessive alcohol in the bloodstream, or could be the characters' true feelings because of excessive alcohol in the bloodstream.
A cathedral is a symbol of faith, conversion, creativity and strength and is therefore a substantial component of Carver's story. This brief experience will have a life long effect on him. I reached to draw her robe back over her, and it was then that I glanced at the blind man. From the very beginning, Carver shows his detest for Robert but over the course of the story eases into comfort with him and in the end is taught a lesson from the very one he despised. Although all three stories consider poverty as their theme, each chooses to elaborate it in a different manner. He's less interested in its size than in the fact that the building exists through the dedication of generations of people.
The narrator now begins to question his image of a blind person. Belief and religion sometimes give direction and meaning to peoples' lives. They drink several rounds and talk, mostly about Robert's trip. His ideas are frankly absurd: for instance, he thinks blind people can't smoke, or that they don't wear beards. Until that moment, in my laxity, I hadn't even considered the many aspects and values a family should consist of. However, the story mostly focuses on the blind man and the narrator. He is taught the meaning of value and virtue; he is happy that he encountered Robert.
While he certainly is detached from himself at the beginning, he is unusually talkative and clever for a Carver narrator. There is an interesting aside when he listens to Robert and his wife talk about their past decade apart. Carver liked to focus on the blue-collar and middle-class people facing dreary truths, disappointments, and small revelations in their ordinary lives1. And the greatest irony of all is of course that the blind man sees more than anyone else. I was in my house. After the narrator fails to describe the Cathedral, Robert asks the narrator to draw the Cathedral with him. Untreated depression poses a very real threat to a marriage such as in the situation with the wife.
The husband is given the gift of sight but the true gift comes from seeing the cathedral. In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. He seems legitimately sorry for Beulah because of her marriage to Robert, as though his lack of sight meant he couldn't appreciate her. He uses the pop cultural reference to blind people to excuse his ignorance, but all he shows to the audience is that he knows only of fictional blind people and has to base his opinion on his visitor from that Carver 106. The last few sentences of this story paint a beautiful picture of someone coming to the realization that being blind is not an affliction that is limited solely to the body.
Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! He listens and gets deeper meaning to issues which gives him an insight of the world. The narrator was not enthused about the visit at all; he was dull and bitter about the though of the visit. I made a wasteland out of everything I touched. The minimalist writer are characterized by their use of simple language and attention on accurate statements without providing details in their plot development. GradeSaver, 18 January 2012 Web. As the narrator and his wife live nearby, Robert arranged to visit, and is on his way. It very much gives reassures that personal understanding of the truth, understanding of the things beyond your physical sight are far more important that the physical.