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In the story Cathedral written by Raymond Carver it seems that stereotypes of the blind form barriers between the blind and the sighted The man in the story has always had misconceptions of the blind which came from the movies Carver 1 The title Cathedral is significant because it helps the man envision the life of Robert As Robert the blind man entered his life it was hard for the man to form any bond with Robert due to his visual impairment The man even created a picture in his mind of what Robert would look like and how he would act This is because the man has never had any interaction with a blind person making him have preconceived ideas about Robert Having Robert stay at the mans house left the man feeling quite uneasy Not only was Robert a threat to his wife he also thought that Robert may be a hassle to deal with The man stated I wasnt enthusiastic about his visit He was no one I knew And his being blind bothered me Carver 1 Because the man had such strong images in his mind about Robert the first time he saw Robert caught him by surprise Roberts appearance was not unordinary and did not look like a blind person He wore brown slacks brown shoes a light brown shirt a tie a sports coat Spiffy Carver 32 At this point the mans ideas about the blind peoples appearance had been contradicted When the man realized that his assumptions about Robert were false and that they actually shared some things in common he began to feel more comfortable with Robert even being glad for the company Carver 84 This is the first time the man was being polite and friendly to Robert Soon after a bond between Robert and the man had begun after a program about cathedrals came on the television The man becomes aware that There
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