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Running head: DISAPPOINTMENT IN “REUNION” AND “ELEVEN” 1 Disappointment in “Reunion” and “Eleven” Student’s name Institution
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DISAPPOINTMENT IN “REUNION” AND “ELEVEN” 2 Disappointment 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. The inheritance is not in terms of monetary terms but it is the inheritance of characters and personality. Cheever illustrates guilt and disillusionment when exploring the nontraditional relationship between a father and a son. The authors of the two stories capture the meaning of being a kid and the embarrassments that accompanies childhood and how that feeling never quite. 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 the theme of disappointment. Sandra Cisneros uses diction, imagery and syntax in her story. First, diction in this story is informal since Cisneros speaks in a voice of a girl who just turned eleven. For instance, the use of the word “stupid” shows that she thinks that something is not important or bright. Another example is when the author uses the word “old” which portrays that something has aged but if it in the use of formal language, words like age or ancient would have been used. Second, the author uses imagery. For instance, “through one sleeve of the sweater that smells like cottage cheese.” The sentence uses one of the five senses since one can imagine something that smells awful portraying the displeasure. In another case, the sentence “all of the sudden I’m crying in front of everyone” helps us to imagine a little girl who is crying in front of the class and the embarrassment 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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