Human Alteration and Persistence In the stories Cathedral and What We Talk about When We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver, the author describes two kinds of egoistic men who are narrator and Mel McGinnis. Because they are selfish, arrogant, and capricious, they canÃÂft see entire world around them. However the narratorÃÂfs limited view is cured by a blind man who is a friend of the narratorÃÂfs wife in the end of story. The narrator of "Cathedral" can experience a genuine resurrection because he is able to strip himself of all his cynical masks and affectations and experience true empathy while Mel McGinnis remains incorrigible in his egotism and is never able to remove his proud mask which represses his true humanity.
The narrator and Mel have some similarities which are stereotypical view and misunderstanding of people around them. In the eyes of the narrator, he sees Robert who is a friend of the narratorÃÂfs wife with stereotypical view.
Before he meets Robert, he says ÃÂgMy idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies, the blind moves slowly and never laughed. Sometime they were led by seeing-eye-dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward toÃÂh (P356). The narrator reacts strongly to trespasser on his personal space, he has prejudices to Robert and he doesnÃÂft see RobertÃÂfs individualities.
In the case of Mel, he defines stereotypically what love is. He says ÃÂgyou know the kind of love IÃÂfm taking about now. Physical love that impulse that drives you to someone special, as well as love of the other personÃÂfs being, his or her essence, as it were. Canal love and, well, call it sentimental love, the day-to-day caring about the other person.ÃÂh(P176) Mel believes that true love contains two distinct kinds of love, the...