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The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories Chapter Summary & Analysis - Cathedral by Raymond Carver Summary

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Cathedral by Raymond Carver Summary

In Cathedral, Carver describes the meeting between a relatively ordinary guy and a blind man, for whom his wife used to work. After the death of his wife, this man, Robert, comes to visit the woman and her husband, the narrator. The story begins with Robert's arrival. At first, the narrator is disgusted by him, as he's never met a blind man before, and he is rude to Robert throughout the evening. However, after his wife falls asleep, he begins to watch television with Robert. As the program talks about cathedrals, Robert asks the narrator to describe what one looks like. The narrator finds himself unable to do so, and Robert asks him to draw one, following the narrator's hand in almost a tracing motion while he draws.

Cathedral by Raymond Carver Analysis

Cathedral is in many ways about sight. The...

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