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Posted by on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 12:40pm.

Hi, I am writing a paper about the Cathedral by Raymond Carver. This is my intro. and i was wondering if it was a solid opening and has a good thesis statement.

In the short story Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, the narrator refers to Robert as "this blind man." Not only is he categorizing Robert, but he's also making wrongful assumptions about people who have disabilities. Instead of assuming, he should sympathize and try to think about the positives. Being blind is just one aspect of Roberts’s life and it doesn't define who he is as a person. Initially he sees Robert as a stereotypical blind man and not a normal human being. Despite his first preconceived notions upon meeting Robert, the man learns to accept him for who he is, and learns to respect him. Certain events throughout the story lead to his transformation from one who stereotypes to someone who has a better understanding and new found respect for blind people.

  • English - , Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 1:29pm

    Good thesis statement.
    Instead of assuming, he should sympathize and try to think about the positives. "
    I would leave out this statement "

    You refer to the narrator as "he" "his" This is unclear... I would continue to use "narrator" or "story-teller"

  • English - , Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 1:47pm

    Yeh i agree, but its confusing sometimes because the narrator's name is unknown, so im not sure if i should just keep saying narrator, he or story-teller. Do you think i should just say narrator the whole time?

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