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the Reference Resistance Gate JOSePHs eSSAYSAwakenings Raymond Carvers Cathedral c1996 Joseph Holmes-Peters For now we see through a glass darkly but then face to face now I know in part but then I shall know even as I am known 1 Corinthians 13 The narrator of Raymond Carvers Cathedral is a man living a life of monotony continuously feeding the cold and bigoted mind that we witness for the first part of the story The process of guiding Robert through the drawing of the cathedral removes the narrator from that dark looking glass and initiates a tranformation in which he is compelled to meet himself face to face this awakening stirs the narrators humility imagination and faith It is human nature to embrace preconceptions regarding the facets of daily life from politics to people It is as well innate to consider oneself better than another An awakening such as the narrators however ruptures the protective shield that surrounding steadfast biases and forces the person to assess their position in the greater schema of humankind A bias that surfaces early on is the mention of Roberts wife Beulah The narrator exclaims Thats a name for a colored woman Carver Cathedral 182 Here by attaching a stereotype to a simple name he exhibits the precise indiscretion of a closed-minded bigot and then eventually reaches humility through his awakening The narrator possesses several other prejudices that also hinder his humility Later on for example the narrator sees Robert for the first time and the mans appearance startles him This blind man feature this he says he was wearing a full beard A beard on a blind man 183 Later still the narrator reinforces his portrayal of an ignorant presumptuous man when he notices that Robert doesnt use a cane and he doesnt wear dark
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