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Platos Myth of the Cave and Carvers Cathedral provide insight into parallel words The protagonists in each story are trapped in a world of ignorance because each is comfortable in the dark and fearful of what knowledge a light might bring They are reluctant to venture into unfamiliar territory Fortunately the narrator in the Cathedral is forced by circumstances to take a risk This risk leads him into new world of insight and understanding The narrator in The Cathedral begins the story with the issue of hesitation in seeing the light The light in this story just like the light in Platos Myth of the Cave represents reality The narrator expresses the fear of expressing reality when he said I wasnt enthusiastic about his visit He was no one I knew And his being blind bothered me My idea of blindness came from the movies In the movies the blind moved slowly and never laughed Sometimes they were led by seeing eye-dogs A blind man in my house was not something I look forward to Page 98 The narrator felt that being blind was like being in a type of prison and the preconceived notion of self-imprisonment was frightening to him He felt that blindness was exactly like being a prisoner in Platos Cave a scary world where no light ever penetrated Unfortunately the husband is imprisoned in his own ignorance His view of blindness had come from Hollywoods portrayal of blind people As far as he is concerned his situation is completely normal He knows there are lots of people just like him In The Cathedral the extent of the husbands ignorance or naivet is extremely irritating When his wife tells him the beautiful story of the blind mans romantic relationship with his wife Beulah all he could think of is What a pitiful life this woman must have led Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in
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