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Character Development and the Development of our Society Fiction has a purpose no matter if it is a novel or a short story The writer has written the story to convey a message to the readers This message can be seen through the underlining theme of the piece The writer may use many different elements to project the theme to the reader Raymond Carver uses character development to portray the theme in his short story Cathedrals He shows the reader that the husbands development is actually the development of our society Cathedrals is a short story about a man who is meeting his wifes blind friend Robert At the beginning of the story the man does not want anything to do with a blind man He says a blind man in his house was not something he looked forward to Carver 448 After the arrival of Robert the mans wife leaves the room to change and her husband is very uncomfortable He doesnt want to be left alone with a blind man Carver 453 He believes that this man who cannot see is below him He thinks of Robert as something not quite human as something creepy Carver 451 This part of the story shows a picture of how our nation was during the 1950s Our nation was segregated and most white people thought that African Americans were below them They did not want those people to be any where near them To be around an African American was almost the equivalent to committing a grave sin As the story progresses the husbands attitude towards Robert start to change He starts to see Robert as a human not just a blind man He starts to talk to Robert about the program he is watching on television and actually enjoys the company Robert gives him Carver 455 The husband starts to draw a picture of the cathedral that is on the television so
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