In “Sight” in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”


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In “Sight” in Raymond Carver’s "Cathedral"
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The title “Cathedral” is relevant to the meaning of Raymond Carver’s short story because it symbolizes an epiphany in which narrator spiritually learns and grows. The plot revolves around the narrator’s discomfort and difficulty with the blind visitor’s lack of eyesight. After a long evening, the visitor, aware of the narrator’s discomfort finds a way for the two of them to bond. This is done as together, un-seeing; they draw the final details of a cathedral on a rough piece of paper. While the blind visitor comes to understand the shape of a cathedral, the narrator comes to understand how one can ‘see’ without eyes. The author’s choice of a “cathedral” for this epiphany is...
The end: represents the timeless spiritual bonds of true friendship and understanding that the narrator lacks until now. With the narrator we learn that people are willing to devote their lives to constructing a cathedral just as the blind man has devoted his life to spiritual friendships like he enjoys with the wife.
In a sense, the narrator has been led into a cathedral or spiritual house of worship. By finally being able to understand blindness he has had his own eyes opened to true friendship as they entered their jointly drawn cathedral. This friendship has allowed the narrator to feel a spiritual connection with others as well as a new willingness to learn about previously unfamiliar or uncomfortable topics such as blindness and friendship.