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We all have our own meaning of the word family In fact the definition of family can be defined as a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household If you were to sit down and think of the words that symbolizes family the list would go on and on Some words include love support compassion wisdom and even safe Would you ever consider putting words that arent so on the happy side Sarah Dessen once said Family isnt something thats supposed to be static or set People marry in divorce out Theyre born they die Its always evolving turning into something else What if the evolving made the bright side of family turn to dark The Reunion by John Cheever and This Be the Verse by Philip Larkin both depict an event or advice that makes the word family is on the dark side Each piece of literature uses it language to narrate why the word dysfunctional describes their symbolism of family With both pieces of literature having the same symbolism each piece has it differences that make each pieces its own work The Reunion by John Cheever is a short story about a son who meets up with his father again The feelings the son has for the father changes from the beginning of the story to the end Cheever uses a lot of detail in his sentences to make imagery pop out so the reader can imagine being in the narrators shoes The narrator is Charlie who recalls the encounter with his father Charlie announces how he hasnt seen his father in three years since his mother divorced him Once he saw his father he was excited He was a big good-looking man and I was terribly happy to see him again Cheever 254 The setting takes place in Grand Central Station New York in the Sixties The plot of the story is that Charlie and
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