In the short story, “Cathedral,” the point of view is that of the husband, the narrator of this story. There are three main characters in this short story; the husband, who maintains his ambivalence, disdain, and possible fear of the blind man, as he is unable to understand and struggles with sharing his feelings; the wife, whom throughout the story is accepting of the blind man, and has grown close to him over time through their unique contacts from the beginning to the end; and the blind man, whom had just lost his wife, came to their home to visit, and appears to have an uncanny ability to accept those around him, as well as to guide and show people parts of themselves they didn’t know they could experience. Had this story been from one of the other character’s point of view, the theme of the story potentially could have been completely different.
Each character in this story presents a different theme using their point of view. The narrator had a very narrow point of view- one that contained skepticism, suspicion, and even a hint of disdain directed at his wife and her relationship with the blind man. Mainly, he did not understand the importance of his wife’s relationship with the man, nor the depth of their friendship- as the man is unable to see, thus the husband is unable to understand the connection. As the story ended, the man was able to discover the depth and uniqueness in a relationship with the blind man after drawing the cathedral. The man also realized that seeing isn’t necessarily everything; some things can be “seen” with your eyes closed. The theme of this story is kept alive by the point of view of the narrator, as the character slowly develops from completely rejecting the notion of the blind man, ambivalence about acceptance, and in the end, full understanding of the value of the relationship.
Men & Women: A Cross Cultural Relationship In the Story How to Talk to a Hunter, Pam Houston makes many assumptions about the differences between what men and women expect from a relationship. The relationships men and women hold can almost be viewed as cross cultural in nature. In this story Houston elegantly mimics an average relationship and the problems and differences that arise. Women ...
The point of view makes this story “come alive” as the reader experiences the inner turmoil, ambivalence, and overall change within the particular character. Each character’s point of view is significantly different, thus the same story would have been told very differently depending on the character chosen. The character of the narrator developed throughout this story and the theme “don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. The narrator made assumptions about the blind man based on his own biases; mainly centered around his relationships based on his experiences. If this story would have simply been told from an outside perspective, we would have never been privy to the internal dialogue within the narrator, including his biases, feelings, and thoughts that are not outwardly spoken. By the point of view of this story, we are able to not only see the world through the particular character’s point of view, but also able to come to our own conclusions regarding the events within the story. During this short story, I watched the internal feelings and thoughts of the narrator change as the story progressed. In the beginning, he discussed the history of his wife’s relationship with the blind man, including his lack of experience and judgment towards the blind man, even though he had never met him.
He expressed astonishment at his wife’s decision to allow him to touch her face during one of their encounters, and sometimes appeared to be threatened by his wife’s relationship with the blind man. He expressed nervousness about the man visiting their home, and made some comments to the man that could be perceived as insulting. The blind man showed unconditional acceptance with the narrator, as well as the narrator discovering some similarities between them. At the end, the man was given the opportunity to “teach” the blind man how a Cathedral looked, and allowed the blind man to touch his hands and help him draw, much to his wife’s dismay. In the end, it appeared the man had connected with the blind man as his wife had many years ago.
In “Good Man is Hard to Find” the main character of the story is a grandmother. At first she seems to be a usual grandmother who still thinks that her son is a little boy and he has to do what she wants him, even thought he is a grown up man. She wants to be right all the time and she knows everything. When you look closer she becomes very selfish, pushy and manipulative person. From the first ...
Another theme central to this story is the inability of the man to share his feelings. He seems to express disdain and cynicism throughout the story, in an effort to disguise his fear, jealousy, and contempt towards both is wife and the blind man. As this story progresses, the man begins to open up more, especially after drinking some alcohol and smoking some marijuana. He opens up to the blind man while his wife is sleeping, and allows himself to feel vulnerable and guided. In the end, the man learns a valuable lesson taught by the blind man.