Prejudice, Jealousy, And Redemption Essay

1086 words - 5 pages

Through a blind man, both the reader and the narrator of Cathedral discover how merely looking with your eyes and really seeing are two very different things. The blind man, Robert, though not able to physically see, has a more detailed and more understanding view of the world than the narrator does. This narrator, whom we know only as the nameless husband, views life in a shallow, superficial way. As the story goes on, it becomes clear who has the more comprehensible vision of life and of the world.
Before Robert even arrives at the house, it is easy to tell that the husband is an incredibly prejudice man. When he hears that his wife has invited a blind guy over to his house, he is not happy in the least. He instead begins to think about the bizarre stereotypes which he believes come with being blind and reveals his ignorance through statements like, “In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to.” He already begins to judge the man without ever having met him, and when Robert walks in the door, he becomes surprised that he doesn’t fit his stereotypical ideas. “He didn't use a cane and he didn't wear dark glasses. I'd always thought dark glasses were a must for the blind.” He continues to watch him, however, critically studying his appearance and mannerisms. It almost seems as if he believes the blind man does not have the right to certain things merely because he cannot physically see the world as he can. As the night wears on, however, Robert continues to put certain of the husband’s ideas to rest. During dinner the narrator watches with admiration as the he uses the knife and fork on his meat. "He'd cut two pieces of meat, fork the meat into his mouth, and then go all out for the scalloped potatoes, the beans next, and then he'd tear off a hunk of buttered bread and eat that” He slowly begins to realize that though blind, Robert, too, is a capable person.
However, the narrator can’t seem to overcome the underlying jealousy he is experiencing as well. There are hints at this sprinkled throughout the story such as his apparent jealously of his wife’s former life and marriage. He quickly dismisses it as disinterest and adds an etcetera every time he talks about it: "She was in love with the guy, and he was in love with her, etc.”, "...married her childhood, etc." But the real jealousy comes with the connection between Robert and the narrator’s wife. He was the one who helped her through a very difficult time in her life when she attempted suicide and divorced her former husband. Robert and she were sending tapes to each other before the narrator and his wife had even met. He can’t help but believe that his wife is disappointed that he isn’t Robert. They lack the understanding of each other that the two share. He brings up, almost with...

Find Another Essay On Prejudice, Jealousy, and Redemption

Describe Commodus, (from movie Gladiator)motivation for growth and change through conflict

867 words - 3 pages acheived his goals. Commodus does not however; and makes no growth positive growth as a character. He remains immoral, fearful, ambitous, greedy, weak, and shrouded in consuming jealousy. These qualities are expressed in his actions and inter-relations with others. Thriving on death and blood, seen in the gladiatorial games, he mistakes violence for power. He is willing to cheat, threaten and murder to obtain it. He instigates himself as the protector

'It is difficult to see Othello as a hero. Rather, he is a weak, gullible, proud man whose tragic fate leaves the audience feeling little sympathy.' Do you agree with this statement? Support your...

1175 words - 5 pages into Othello's mind of what could happen "O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on." Iago has spotted that Othello's fatal flaw is jealousy and is going to tear away at it. This makes you feel sorry for Othello as he is so oblivious to what is going on around him by someone he trusts.Othello is a well-respected, genuine man. People look up to him and the things that he does, as he is a

"Othello" by William Shakespeare

1670 words - 7 pages main themes of Othello include trust, betrayal, love and predominantly, insane jealousy and these are the causes of the tragedy.The theme of racism runs throughout the text Othello by William Shakespeare. Racial prejudice was a vital component to the play and contributed to the tragedy. Constant snide references to the main character Othello's race are made in the duration of the play. The colour of the main characters was also used to symbolize

OtheLLo

629 words - 3 pages tells Othello that Brabantio has slurred his honor. Othello, who is confident that his military background and stature will compensate for any complaints that were made about him, quickly dismisses this idea. This again brings out Iago's hate and prejudice that Othello does not take him for his word. Iago's motives behind these actions are no doubt primarily to bring harm to Othello and discharge him, but also in jealousy of him. Othello is a

Othello

576 words - 2 pages The play of "Othello" by William Shakespeare is set about four hundred years ago in sixteenth-century Venice, Italy, yet its timeless themes of betrayal, jealousy, love and racism continue to light up passions and carry on wars in modern day. The dark-skinned General Othello leads his officers with confident authority into combat, but off the battlefield, he is hardly in control, not even of his own life. The insecurities that come along with

Prejudice in "Of Mice and Men"

1301 words - 5 pages in many ways more of a nuisance who would do more good dead than alive. Socially being hated by the majority of the men at the ranch shows the prejudice that is directed without any reason, but simply motivated by jealousy. In the instance of Lennie, social prejudice is strongest evident in the perception others have of him because in their eyes, all they see is a big oaf incapable of accomplishing anything intelligent and only kept around for

Othello

1019 words - 4 pages "Othello" is a good example of Aristotelian drama. It is simple play and the focus is on a very small cast of characters. It has few distractions from the main plot and concentrates on just a few themes, such a jealousy, prejudice, pride and honesty. Jealousy is the emotion that drives the action of Othello. It has the classical unities of time, place (setting is in Venice in the first act and Cyprus thereafter) and action. Othello's cast

Condemnation of Prejudice in Shakespeare's Othello

723 words - 3 pages notes how white her skin is, describing it as "that whiter skin of hers than snow / and smooth as monumental alabaster." (V,ii,4-5) Othello, we know, has been driven to kill Desdemona by his jealousy. However, it is clear that his jealousy is inspired by the racial prejudice that is prevalent throughout the play. By analyzing this play, we can come to understand the dangers of racial injustice. If I may take the liberty of paraphrasing: "O

helllllllllllllllllo

1249 words - 5 pages of walls to portray the route to Amir’s redemption through, accepting and destroying his prejudice, confronting his fear, and moving on from his guilt. At the beginning of the novel, Amir thinks of himself as something much bigger and superior over Hassan. This is the barrier between Hazaras and Pashtuns, specifically Amir and Hassan. Amir’s character is shown as he “sees imbecile. It means smart and intelligent. ‘When it comes to words, Hassan

Othello, The Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare

783 words - 4 pages revealed too late, and because of Othello’s actions the only way he can restore his honor is by his own death. The revenge and jealousy displayed “Othello” lead to this tragic ending, but when the truth comes out and Othello realizes he murdered Desdemona for something she didn’t do, He dies to regain his honor, but he also can’t handle the fact that he just killed his innocent wife. His redemption in the end of the play restores most of his

Having looked at a variety of critical studies, and having weighed the evidence, what do you consider to be the most important motives behind Iago's actions in Shakespeare's 'Othello'?

1615 words - 6 pages Cassio as "Florentine" and states bitterly, "Mere prattle without practise is his soldiership", and he continues this tone with "Moorship" and "thicklips", linking his jealousy of Cassio's promotion with his hatred of Othello. His manipulation of Roderigo's and later Brabantio's latent racism, an accepted prejudice in this white society, portrays his wily nature. Iago appears racist, which provides another reason for his jealousy; he views himself

Similar Essays

Jealousy And Race In Othello Essay

1628 words - 7 pages work of art. “The object of tragic imitation is men in action.” As stated by Aristotle in his work, Poetics. Othello consists of men in action, in more than one sense; Othello (titular character & protagonist), Iago and Cassio are ‘men of action’ and additionally, throughout the play we are able to observe men and women combating none other than life itself. The play deals with various themes and issues, however, this essay will focus on jealousy

A Destructive Love Essay

2802 words - 12 pages A destructive love Othello is such a character who is portrayed as a tragic hero through his high ranking in army, jealousy caused by racial inferiority, and credulousness for the villain Iago. In Shakespeare’s play, The Moor of Venice, jealousy is the major component constructed though out the entire play and eventually leads to Othello’s downfall and ultimately destroys his marriage with Desdemona. The play is a story of a

Shakespeare's Jealous Husbands Essay

1186 words - 5 pages Response to Shakespeare’s Jealous Husbands: Othello and Leontes In Shakespeare’s Jealous Husbands: Othello and Leontes by Paul Dean is a play that dramatized the comparison on how Jealousy in Othello with Jealousy in Shakespeare’s late romance The Winter’s Tale, serves as a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change for further action. Shakespeare’s ideas about jealousy came

Methods Of Overcoming Prejudice In Society

1177 words - 5 pages apart from the race, color, national origin or gender, people in today’s world, share an universally existing problem: “PREJUDICE”. There is alot of evidence that a person’s prejudice is wrong, but still, individuals ignore it. There are several sources that lead to this problem, such as people having influences who are prejudice, which could be complicated to break down later on in life. Also, it can come from ignorance and fear, because
Android TV Boxes & Accessories | Accessing Oracle... | Dragon Ball – Bảy Viên Ngọc Rồng chap 468