Analysis of Reunion by John Cheever

?Reunion by John CheeverThe short-story Reunion is written by John Cheever. It was published in 1962 and was published again later in The Stories of John Cheever in 19781. I will primarily focus on a character analysis on the father and Charlie.The theme of the story is growing up which will appear clearly as we move on with the analysis and interpretation.The story is a flashback told by the main character, Charlie, where he memorizes the last time he saw his father, three years ago when his mother divorced him, in Grand Central Station in New York.

Charlie does not know his father. As he says himself: “He was a stranger to me”2 But even though he is a stranger to Charlie, Charlie still seem to look up to him. He describes him as “my father, my flesh and blood, my future and my doom.

”3, “A big, good-looking man”4. He even says that he “knew that when I was grown I would be something like him”5. He even says that he is “terribly happy to see him again”6. At this point of the story he even calls him father, which changes as we move towards the ending, where he calls him “Daddy”7. This confirms that he in the beginning of the story is really looking up to him, since the father is formal use of the noun, and daddy is informal use. As they move from restaurant to restaurant because of his father’s unacceptable behaviour, Charlie starts to realise, that it is not the restaurants that are wrong for kicking them out. It is his father’s behaviour that is getting them kicked out.

His father also becomes more and more tipsy. For example, in the first couple of restaurants he orders “two Beefeater Gibsons”8 where he, when they are in the third restaurant, orders “two Bibson Geefeater”9 We are assuming it is an alcoholic drink since the father cannot pronounce the drink after he has had a few, and the waiter will not serve another round before Charlie verifies his age.He also all of a sudden thinks he is i…

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