Analysis Of The Book ' The Gift ' By John Cheever

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Parents have very valuable and appreciated jobs. It is their job to guide their children and help shape them into upstanding adults. There are two different types of parents out there, as “Reunion” by John Cheever and “The Gift” by Li-Young Lee shows us. One father is frustrating as sadistic and the other is gentle and kind. In these works, both authors are showing, in different ways, that fathers have a lifelong impact on their sons, whether is it negative or positive. The narrator in Cheever’s story has a negative experience with his father, and that leads the son to isolate himself from his parent. In “The Gift”, the protagonist’s father made a lasting impact on him by taking out a splinter, and when the protagonist is older, he takes a splinter out of his wife’s hand like his father did to him years ago. To a son, a father is a role model, someone to look up to. Charlie, in “Reunion”, is no different. He says, “I felt that he was my father, my flesh and blood, my future and my doom. I knew that when I was grown I would be something like him.” He knows that he will become like his father some day, and at the beginning of the story he looks up to his father. He even hoped to be seen with him, as if his father was some kind of celebrity, “I hoped that someone would see us together. I wished that we could be photographed.” However, this embellished view of his father changed quickly. His father took him to numerous restaurants and was consistently disrespectful to the

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