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” assesses the issue of a boy aiming to inherit from his father. The heritageis not in terms of material things but it is the inheritance of characters and personality. Cheeverillustrates guilt and disillusionment when exploring the nontraditional relationship between afather and a son. The authors of the two stories capture the meaning of being a kid and theembarrassments that accompany childhood and how that feeling never quite. Disappointmentoccurs when our expectations are shuttered by the ones we love. In “Reunion” and “Eleven”, theauthors have used several literary techniques and covered the theme of disappointment. In “Eleven,” diction, imagery, and syntax are used. The diction in this story is informalsince the author talks in a voice of a small girl who is eleven years. For instance, the word like“stupid” portrays that Rachel doesn’t consider anything important or bright. Another case iswhen the author uses the “old” which portrays that something has matured but if it in the use offormal language, words like age or ancient would have been included. Additionally, Sandrautilizes imagery; “through one sleeve of the sweater that smells like cottage cheese.” This is theinclusion of a sense among the five senses since readers can picture something that smells awfulportraying the displeasure. In another case, the sentence “all of the sudden I’m crying in front ofeveryone” assists us to visualize a little girl who is crying in front of the class and theembarrassment she experienced (Cisneros, 2002). Furthermore, the author uses syntax like “I ameleven today”. The short sentence uses the tone which is disappointing as the author is disturbed
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Short story, Disappointment, Rachel, Humiliation, Charlie