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The story Cathedral by Raymond Carver is about one mans understanding and acceptance of a blind man The narrator represents the storys dominant theme of overcoming prejudice of the blind through personal experience as well as mutual respect The narrator who remains nameless holds deeply unfounded beliefs and stereotypes of what a blind person should be yet over a relatively short period of time he develops a bond with the blind man whom at first he privately mocked The narrators preconceived notions about blind people are proved false when he meets the blind man Robert for the first time The narrator is not looking forward to having a blind man stay at his home Now this same blind man was coming to sleep in my house 230 Yet once Robert arrives at his home he is shocked that he does not conform to his idea of the blind But he didnt use a cane and he didnt wear dark glasses Id always thought dark glasses were a must for the blind 232 At supper the narrator begins to see Robert as a capable human being rather than a burden and he remarks that he watched with admiration as Robert used his knife and fork on the meat Hed cut two pieces of meat fork the meat into his mouth and then go all out for the scalloped potatoes the beans next and then hed tear off a hunk of buttered bread and eat that 233 Suddenly the narrator no longer has much to base his prejudices on The narrators understanding of Robert is enhanced when Robert agrees to smoke dope with the narrator despite never trying it before This brings the narrator and Robert closer together as they share a moment like old friends Now the narrator is beginning to see Robert not only as a blind man but also as a human being and possibly as a friend After the narrators failure to
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