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Cathedral Blindness creates a world of obscurity only to be overcome with guidance from someone willing to become intimate with the blind Equally true the perceptions of blindness can only be overcome when the blind allow intimacy with the sighted Raymond Carver with his short story Cathedral illustrates this point through the eyes of a man who will be spending an evening with a blind man Robert for the first time Not only does this man not know Robert but his being blind bothered Carver 98 him His idea of blindness came from the movies where the blind move slowly and never laughed Carver 98 These misconceptions of blindness form barriers between the blind and the sighted Carver breaks down these barriers as he brings the vastly different lives of these two men together Those of us with sight find it difficult to identify with the blind This man like most of us can only try to imagine what life is like for Robert As a result of his inability to relate with Robert he thinks his behaviors are odd and is unable to understand the relationship he has with his wife His wife worked for this blind man many years ago reading him reports and case studies and organizing his little office Carver 98 in the countys social-service department He remem bers a story his wife told about the last day she worked for him The blind man asked her if he could touch her face and she agreed She told him that Robert had touched every part of her face with his fingers her nose-even her neck Carver 98 His wife wrote poetry whenever something important happened in her life and she tried Carver 98 to write a poem about this unforgettable experience He said he didnt think much of the poem although he didnt tell her that reasoning it was because he didnt understand poetry In reality though the act of
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