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Reunion by John Cheever
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Conversation is used in the story to show the relationship between Charlie and his father. His father does most of the talking and is in charge of the lunch and where they go to eat. An example of the father's being the leader is when he says, "Come on, Charlie, let's get the hell out of here." Charlie follows his father out of the restaurant into another one.
How is dialogue used in the story? What does it reveal about the characterization? Provide an example from the story, and explain its importance.
Charlie writes his father asking to meet him, and the secretary makes all the arrangements. The secretary is treated like an object. His father treats women as if they are objects, not people.
What role does the secretary have in the story? How is she treated? What does this imply about the father's feelings about women?
It symbolizes business. He and his father meet there, but then they leave to go somewhere else.
What does Grand Central Station symbolize? How do you know?
Charlie's father is rude and yelling at the waiters. He calls them names and is disrespecful. The waiter asks him to leave at all 4 restaurants that they go to.
Discuss the treatment of the waiters by the father.
This is written in the first person point of view. The reader sees the reunion through Charlie's eyes. The reader understands how Charlie thinks and feels about his father.
What point of view is this story told in? Why is this important?
Charlie wants his father's approval. He wants proof that they were together. He admires his father and wants to be like him.
Explain the reason behind Charlie's desire to have a photo taken with his father. Be specific.
"Good-bye Daddy." He is saying good-bye because he doesn't plan on seeing his father again.
What are the last words that Charlie says to his father? Explain the significance of these words.
The main conflict in the story is between Charlie's father and the waiters. He can't get along with any of them.
External Conflict: The father is rude and disrespectful to the waiters.
Internal Conflict: Charlie is disappointed with the way his father is acting. He wanted to be like him, but he doesn't want to now.
What is the main conflict in the story? Explain. Identify internal and external conflict in the story.
Charlie's father wants Charlie to learn about the world, but he doesn't want to teach him. He buys a newspaper for Charlie so that Charlie can learn on his own.
What is the one thing that the father purchases for Charlie? Why?
The father doesn't have a name because he's not really important in Charlie's life. Charlie hoped he would be, but he was disappointed in the end.
Why doesn't the father have a name? Why is this significant?
Reunions are not always happy. Sometimes heroes and parents disappoint their children. I was disappointed when I heard that Michael Vick, a quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was involved in dog fighting. I admired him until I learned that.
What is the theme of the story? How can this be connected to the world today? Be specific.
Who is the author of "Reunion?"
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