Running head: DISAPPOINTMENT IN “REUNION” AND “ELEVEN” 1Disappointment in “Reunion” and “Eleven”Student’s nameInstitution
DISAPPOINTMENT IN “REUNION” AND “ELEVEN” 2Disappointment in “Reunion” and “Eleven”The stories chosen are “Reunion” by John Cheever and “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros.The story of “Reunion” examines the issue of inheritance between a father and a son. Theinheritance is not in terms of monetary terms but it is the inheritance of characters andpersonality. Cheever illustrates guilt and disillusionment when exploring the nontraditionalrelationship between a father and a son. The authors of the two stories capture the meaning ofbeing a kid and the embarrassments that accompanies childhood and how that feeling neverquite. Disappointment occurs when our expectations are shuttered by the ones we love. In“Reunion” and “Eleven”, the authors have used several literary techniques and covered thetheme of disappointment. Sandra Cisneros uses diction, imagery and syntax in her story. First, diction in this storyis informal since Cisneros speaks in a voice of a girl who just turned eleven. For instance, the useof the word “stupid” shows that she thinks that something is not important or bright. Anotherexample is when the author uses the word “old” which portrays that something has aged but if itin the use of formal language, words like age or ancient would have been used. Second, theauthor uses imagery. For instance, “through one sleeve of the sweater that smells like cottagecheese.” The sentence uses one of the five senses since one can imagine something that smellsawful portraying the displeasure. In another case, the sentence “all of the sudden I’m crying infront of everyone” helps us to imagine a little girl who is crying in front of the class and theembarrassment she experienced (Cisneros, 2002). Furthermore, the author uses short syntax like“I am eleven today”. The tone in this sentence is disappointing as the author is disturbed to be
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Short story, Disappointment, Embarrassment, Humiliation, Charlie