First sign of alienation in the story is the narrator’s attitude toward the blind man. Even before he met Robert, his tone in his narrative shows that he is not exactly happy to meet the blind man. The wife betrayed her husband’s loneliness by saying that he “doesn’t have any friends, period. ” He does not even like his wife having friends of her own. The narrator himself adds through a monologue, he said that he doesn’t like his work and does not have much choice. Through his conversations with his wife, readers can tell that he and his wife do not have a good relationship.
His wife too also showed loneliness early in her life. He came from divorce and she attempted to kill herself. Blindness Carver used paradox to incorporate his theme in the story. Though Robert is the one who is technically blind, it is the narrator who lacks vision. The narrator does not believe in God. While Carver does not really reveal if Robert is religious, Robert is the one who showed the narrator that there is still something in him that has some spiritual meaning. This was clearly shown in the concluding part of the story when the narrator was able to draw a cathedral with Robert guiding his hand.
They were able to draw a cathedral considering the narrator has no experience drawing plus the fact that both men can’t see because they both had their eyes closed. The Cathedral Cathedrals are built by generations of co-operation, much like how Robert and the narrator managed to draw a cathedral. Cathedrals are symbolic not only in the story but also in real life. Cathedrals, in the Christian faith, are houses of God. The narrator does not have faith. Through the subject of cathedrals that was on the TV show, the narrator was lead into the events that would surely change his life. Robert made the narrator a believer.