Humanities
Written Essay

English 1020

Prince George's Community College

Question Description

Characterization & Character Arc Example Essay

Attached Files:

Class, to view an example of a model, student-written Characterization & Character Arc, please review the attached file. Pay special attention to thesis statement, organization, and integration and documentation of direct quotes.

Final Answer

Attached.

Blind Perspective
Characterization & Character Arc
“Cathedral”
By Raymond Carver

In Raymond Carver’s, “Cathedral,” the reader is introduced to a very superficial and self
involved narrator. The story is situated one evening in the narrator’s home which he shares with
his wife. She has a dear friend named Robert, who is blind, and comes to visit shortly after his
own wife passes away. The protagonist of the story, who remains nameless, is characterized as
an impersonal and elusive individual, yet he is ultimately faced with a situation where he is
forced to muster some empathy. As the story progresses, the juxtaposition of the protagonist’s
dispassionate personality, with that of Robert’s passionate personality, allows the reader to
witness a very personal growth that occurs within the protagonist. It takes a blind man to show
the main character how to see things from a perspective outside of his own.
The reader is confronted with a protagonist who is unable to empathize or relate to others,
even his own loved ones. For instance, although he is aware of the special relationship between
his wife and Robert, he is openly skeptical about the visit. For example, almost immediately he
says, “I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered
me” (34). Some of the first words out of the main character’s mouth are selfish and negative. He
doesn’t want Robert to visit because he doesn’t know him, and it doesn’t matter that he is a good
friend of his wife. H...

Ben95 (12166)
Carnegie Mellon University

Anonymous
Solid work, thanks.

Anonymous
The tutor was great. I’m satisfied with the service.

Anonymous
Goes above and beyond expectations !

Studypool
4.7
Trustpilot
4.5
Sitejabber
4.4

Brown University





1271 Tutors

California Institute of Technology




2131 Tutors

Carnegie Mellon University




982 Tutors

Columbia University





1256 Tutors

Dartmouth University





2113 Tutors

Emory University





2279 Tutors

Harvard University





599 Tutors

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



2319 Tutors

New York University





1645 Tutors

Notre Dam University





1911 Tutors

Oklahoma University





2122 Tutors

Pennsylvania State University





932 Tutors

Princeton University





1211 Tutors

Stanford University





983 Tutors

University of California





1282 Tutors

Oxford University





123 Tutors

Yale University





2325 Tutors