Essay on Cathedral

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The protagonist in “Cathedral,” Bub, is a man who has several defining characteristics. Bub is insecure, insensitive, and ignorant. This is clearly shown in Bub’s relationships with his wife and Robert. Bub’s insecurities are blatantly shown when he comments on his wife’s ex-husband:

Her officer-why should be have a name? He was her childhood sweetheart, and what more does he want?

Bub resents the ex-husband for being his wife’s first love. He would have liked to have had that role so he negatively addresses his wife’s past relationships. Bub’s unconfident mannerisms further transpire when he comments on his wife’s relationship with Robert. He states:

In time she put it all on tape and sent the tape to the blind man. Over the years
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How could he? He does not have that in his own marriage. Bub states without any emotion the circumstances which led up to her attempted suicide. He also comments on his wife’s poetry saying that he did not particularly care for it. He is not adept at feeling anything. He is emotionally shut off. This is why Bub’s wife shares her poetry and feelings with Robert.

     Bub is also very ignorant. He comments about the blind man’s upcoming visit, “My idea of blindness came from the movies. In the movies blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs” (958). He makes many other comments upon Robert’s arrival that illustrate his lack of knowledge. He asks Robert “What side of the train did you sit on?” and asks his wife if he should take Robert bowling. He has absolutely no idea how someone who cannot see could actually function normally.

     The initial conflict is that Robert is coming to Bub’s house. Robert comments on this:

I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me […] a blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to (958).

Bub is intimidated by Robert’s relationship with his wife and, needless to say, is not thrilled by meeting the man that has a much more intimate relationship with his wife. Moreover, he is not comfortable with the fact that Robert is blind. Bub has many misconceptions about

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