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But weve never been like that have we darling Have we TER One of the interesting aspects of John Cheevers The Enormous Radio is his characterization Cheever is known for characters who are lonely and pretend that their lives are happy when they are really not This story is about an average married couple Irene and Jim Westcott who spend a good deal of time listening to music on the radio One day Jim buys a new radio to replace their broken one that is unpredictable and beyond repair With the new radio Irene feels intruded upon Because of the radios physical ugliness it didnt go with her intimate possessions in her living room This was no ordinary radio This radio would pick up noises and conversations throughput their apartment building Irene listens for hours to the conversations of her neighbors upstairs and begins to wonder if they can hear her and if her relationship with Jim is the same as theirs Irene and Jim Westcott are typical Cheever characters In The Enormous Radio the author describes his characters as being more concerned with appearance then reality Irene is a self-centered young woman who is overly concerned with how people view her Jim is a hard-working young man who tries to support a lifestyle that exceeds their income With the help of The Enormous Radio Jim confronts Irene with the reality of who she is Irene Westcott is a self-centered young woman who is more concerned about how others view her rather than loving her family Irene is overly concerned with her appearance and how others view her In the cold weather she wore a coat of fitch skins dyed to resemble mink Irene wants to be looked up on in society that is why she bought a fake mink coat because she knows that she could never afford a real one Upon arrival of the radio Irene had her maid which she employs unload
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