In "Cathedral" there are about 22 drinks consumed by the three main characters over the course of an evening. Plus, the three have no problem adding marijuana to the mix. As we discuss in "Genre" stories with postmodern elements sometimes resist making value judgments. "Cathedral" presents both positive and negative possibilities in terms of drinking and marijuana use. It's clear that at least for the narrator, drinking and smoking are nightly habits that are symptoms of and contributors to his dissatisfaction. Yet, the drinking and smoking seem to break the ice between Robert and the narrator. Also, the drinking and the smoking arguably lead to the amazing cathedral-drawing, which is depicted as a highly positive experience for both men.
"Cathedral" presents both positive and negative possibilities in terms of drinking and marijuana use.
The connection Robert and the narrator form isn't simply a result of their intoxication, and they will likely still connect in the future.