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Learning Never Ends In Raymond Carvers short story Cathedral he uses plot character as well as actions to develop his theme The theme is very slowly and subtlety developed early on the story It is the theme of Leaning never ends The character of the narrators wife is simply a bridge between the two contrasting attitudes of the narrator and Robert the blind man Robert hired the narrators wife to read for him After much interaction a friendship developed On the last day of this work he asked her if he could touch her face This was the first indication in the story of Roberts desire to learn more about the world about him This action had lasting impact on her illustrated by her writing a poem about it 224 The narrators character is shown to be very much unlike Roberts The narrator has never known anyone who was blind227 In The narrators mind it was a handicap and it made him feel sorry for Robert It is also obvious that Robert knew something about the Narrator from the tapes he received whereas the narrator never made the effort to find out much about Robert He was obviously reluctant to learn about Robert and his handicap After his arrival Robert unexpectedly did away with the narrators notion of blind people and smoking At dinner the narrator saw that Robert was not as helpless as he had thought After dinner he also saw just how active Robert was Having an Amway distributorship and even making friends all over the world as a ham radio operator Robert was no doubly a busy guy making many friends reaching out to others learning about the world through others around him Its very interesting to see how for the first half of the story the wifes character acts as a buffer between Robert and the narrator After she exits the scene the real interaction between
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