pletely working eyes that he chooses never to use to their full potential. The eyes of the narrator are biased, jealous, and very limited in what they choose to see. This inability to see is made him apparent when he is forced to meet with a blind man. The narrator's perception of the world around him is resolved by a great irony in the story when Robert helps the narrator see past his prejudice outlook on life.
“Cathedral “tells the narrator's uncertain view of his own life, his wife's life, and the entire world around him. The narrator seems to have an unhappy life. The narrator's blurred view of everything that happened in his wife's past life shows the insecurity that plagues him. When he is talking about his wife's ex-husband he says, "Her officer- why should he have a name? He was the childhood sweetheart, and what more does he Want? -" By treating everyone generically, the narrator is trying to make himself seems more important in the others lives. He simply calls his wife's first husband "the officer”. His refusal to even use his wife's name while narrating as well as constantly referring to Robert as the "the blind man" shows that he has decided to block out the importance of the people around him.
The narrator's feelings toward Robert are of a negative attitude, but it is more than the disability that bothers him. The narrator is first aggravated by the fact that his wife talks of how she allowed Robert to touch her face. "She told me he touched his fingers to every part of her face, her nose- even her neck! Because of the fact that his wife is so close to Robert, and she is very happy for his visit, "I saw my wife laughing”, she was still wearing a smile”, his jealousy makes easier for him to judge Robert according to his disability.
The reader first learns of the narrator's prejudices toward the world around him and especially to the seeing impaired in the introduction of the story. His biased opinion comes out when he explained,...