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Ray Carvers character Bub in Cathedral seems irritated and sometimes hostile His lack of self-endurance is portrayed in his initial actions The vehemence of his prejudice is surprising His initial anger and anxiety seem way out of proportion to the situation as if the blind man were threatening to him somehow Ray Carver shows his negative character in the introduction and proceeds to change his character in the closing In the early part of the story the narrator which is the main character is telling his audience the story in which his wife had met this blind man The character shows how threatened he is by this blind man in the very first paragraph were he says and his being blind bothers me par 1 and A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to par 1 He further demonstrates how threatened he feels while telling the story in which the blind man touched his wifes face and how she had felt so strongly about it that she had written a poem about it As he continues to tell the story of his wife and the blind man he seems to be getting more and more irritated as if this blind man was able to communicate with his wife much better than he was His weaknesses continue to surface throughout the story Before the blind man arrives to the house the narrator tells us how his wife is irritated with his behavior Making comments such as Maybe I could take him bowling It is comments like this that really build up the character to be self-doubting His wife continues her story of the blind mans dead wife and the narrator has to have a drink It is at this point in the story that the character shows that he cannot handle the fact that his wife talks so pationilty about this blind man The narrator continues to drink throughout the
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