“Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one. A woman who could go on day after day and never receive the smallest compliment from her beloved.”
This quote from Cathedral best exemplifies the story and one character’s predetermined expectations of the blind. It shows that the character, the narrator, has a shallow view on the world, that he views things such as love and beauty as face value. He does not quite understand things, but he accepts them for what that appear to be on the surface, that those attributes are the most important. Through the progression of the story, this character learns from his wife’s blind friend Robert. The narrator becomes more aware of the depth of places he once thought he knew and sees the world differently by not seeing at all.