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The narrator in Raymond Carvers Cathedral has two fully functional eyes in which he chooses never to use to their full potential The eyes of the narrator are biased insecure jealous and very limited in what they choose to see This inability to see is made apparent when he is forced to meet and converse with a blind man The narrators perception of the world around him and blurred vision is resolved by a great irony in the story when Roger helps the narrator see past his prejudice outlook on life The blind man teaches the narrator how to seeThe first few pages of the story reveal the narrators blurred view of his own life his wifes life and the entire world around him The narrator Bub seems to have an unhappy and insecure approach to everyday life The narrators blurred view of everything that happened in his wifes past life shows the insecurity that plagues him When referring to his wifes ex-husband he says Her officer- why should he have a name He was the childhood sweetheart and what more does he Want -P721 By treating everyone generically and denying their importance the narrator is trying to make himself seem more important in the lives of others He simply calls his wifes first husband the officerP720 or the manP720 His refusal to even use his wifes name while narrating as well as constantly referring to Robert as the the blind manP720 shows that he has decided to block out the importance of the people around him He is even less considerate of Roberts wife whom he refers to as Beulah BeulahP721 The narrator chooses not to see everyone around him as individuals but as a whole group A group he is scared to look at The narrators feelings toward Robert are of a negative vibe but it is more than the disability that bothers him The narrator is first aggravated by the fact that
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