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Without a doubt human beings are subject innate prejudices and assumptions Sometimes these assumptions hurt us personally while at other times we use them to hurt others The short story Cathedral by Raymond Carver illustrates how prejudice and assumption can work against the truth and inhibit true human understanding The author uses tone diction figurative and rhetorical to communicate his theme that ones superficial assumptions about people may not always be correct The story opens as a husband is begrudgingly discussing the fact that an old friend of his wifes will be coming to visit her because he makes false assumptions about their relationship Although she had not seen the gentleman for ten years she shares an intimacy with him that seems to make the husband jealous The man is blind which the persona states outright in the very first words of the story accentuating how important this fact is to the husband Ironically despite his blindness he seems to have much more insight into the motivations and inner desires of the wife than her own husband does This irony is the primary source of tension in the story As the blind mans visit nears the husband shares more and more of his personal concerns and assumptions with the reader Through his first person narration we find out that this blind man has been his wifes confidant through many a tumultuous experience Apparently she was married before which seems to add to the husbands sense of insecurity Also his wife has communicated with this blind man through tapes and poetry and the husband seems jealous of this constant contact over the years He says sardonically Over the years she put all kinds of stuff on tapes and sent the tapes off lickety-split Next to writing a poem every year I think it was her chief means of recreation317 Just the phrase lickety-split seems to drip with resentful venom When the blind man finally
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