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In the story Cathedral by Raymond Carver the main character goes through a major personal transformation At the beginning of the story his opinions of others are filled with stereotypes discrimination and prejudice Through interaction with his wifes blind friend Robert his attitude and outlook on life changes Although at first he seemed afraid to associate with a blind man Roberts outgoing personality left him with virtually no choice During Roberts visit he proved to be a normal man and showed the speaker that by closing his eyes he could open his mind The speakers prejudice was nearly overwhelming at the opening of the story His being blind bothered me he said A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to He had never really come in personal contact with anyone before who was blind and seemed to have no idea of what to expect He admittedly gathered a stereotypical mind set about blind people from movies assuming they moved slowly and never laughed The characters prejudice was also evident when he asked about Roberts deceased wife Upon hearing her name Beulah he asked Was his wife a Negro Immediately his wife seemed offended at the question The paragraphs that follow are important to the story The speaker informs the readers that his wife told him the story of Robert and Beulah He does not however reveal whether Beulah was in fact black or otherwise It seems to foreshadow the speakers acceptance of the blind man The color of Beulahs skin was not important to Robert and therefore was not mentioned by the character Until he met Robert the speaker merely referred to Robert as the blind man instead of someone with a name or someone with importance He did not seem to understand why his wife had kept in touch with Robert or how they became so close He also seemed to feel that Robert was a nuisance to society
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