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In the novel Falconer by John Cheever the main character Farragut is motivated by the wish to escape from an unpleasant world In the Overview of John Cheever it says Cheevers world commonly portrays individuals in conflict with their communities and often with themselves In this novel Farragut is sent to Falconer prison for murdering his brother and has to deal with the confinement and withdrawal of his drug addictions In addition Cheever expresses emotional tension arising from the gap between the peaceful environment individual passion and discontent Overview N Pag Farragut also has to deal with his loneliness from the outside world He tries to solve this problem by engaging in a homosexual relationship Even though Cheever does not judge his characters he treats them with understanding and compassion Cheevers characters are uncertain in their desires so the stories themselves are unclear presenting no clear resolution Overview N Pag Finally at the end Farragut miraculously escapes from prison and the unpleasant world he was living in Farraguts actions tend to add emotional tension to the novel The novel reminds us that man has always had to face new and inhospitable environments and that change with its accompanying reactions of surprise and shock can be stimulating as well as disturbing Bracher N Pag Farragut did not mean to kill his brother His brothers death was an accident and he is now being sentenced for it As a result Farragut was taken from the world he knew where he had a wife a child and a house to live in Now he is living his life in cellblock F in Falconer prison isolated from the world he once knew He tries to keep himself busy so he will not have to think about where he is Man pays a price and often a terrible one Cheever feels if he tries to deny his backgrounds and become something different or if he is cut off from
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