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Distinguishing Characteristics on the Writings of Cheever and JoyceJames Joyce and John Cheever were two influential writers of the late 1800s and early 1900s James Joyce was an Irish author that wrote various short stories novels and poems In Dubliners he is noted for his epiphanies and objective correlatives John Cheever is an American short-story writer and novelist whose work is known for his portrayals of the average middle-class American His works include ironic comedies and the displaying of his imagination Both writers are duly noted for their short stories Their unique styles of writings are respectably different to a point They are similar in the way they display their descriptions and differ in the way they present the outcome of their storyIn the short stories of James Joyce one is surely to notice his direct and sharp epiphanies In the story An Encounter two schoolboys of 11 or 12 decided to skip school There was a third but he bailed They arranged to go along the Wharf Road until they came to the ships Then they were to cross with the ferryboat and walk out to see the Pigeon House When they reached the quay the boy narrating the story looked amongst the sailors by the Norwegian Vessel to see if any of them had green eyes I came back and examined the foreign sailors to see had any of them green eyes for I had some confused notion p 23 He had a great interest in people with green eyes for he saw them as erotic and thought they possessed great auras He was disappointed to find none The boys continued on their walk reaching the Pigeon House when greeted by an old man The way he talked and the things he talked about scared the boys and therefore led them to conclude that he was just a queer old man While the man was talking he began to get this great
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