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What Makes John Cheevers Reunion An Effective Story A family who ends up in divorce with a child stuck in the middle has become a typical and common entity in American culture Most of us know someone or is a victim of similar backgrounds Even if not it doesnt take much of a genius to figure out that if both separated parents do not take full responsibility and become an active participant throughout the childs life it may cause unnecessary emotional pain with mixed feelings and confusion about hisher caretaker John Cheevers Reunion is a story about such family turmoil Charlie is a boy of divorced parents On his way to a cottage in the cape from his grandmothers in the Adirondacks Charlie takes a brief stop at Grand Central Station to meet with his father and hopefully spend some quality father and son bonding time Upon their meeting Charlie is only set up for continuous disappointment after another due to his fathers actions Charlies father takes him to a series of restaurants to get something to eat but only ends up getting a few drinks and then kicked out of each one for his rude behavior towards the waiters Being so caught up in his quarrels with each waiter the fathers time with Charlie has run out and the visit has come to a bitter end John Cheevers technique on the use of character point of view and tone reveal so much more then what appears to be a simple story about a boys first encounter with his father and helps us to understand the complexities of each character and event without much detailed explanations Charlie and his father are the only two characters in this story The author does not provide us with much background information on these two characters 2 Although we dont know much about them the authors
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