The Five Twenty By John Cheever

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The short story The Five-Forty-Eight by John Cheever is a fantastically told story about a mentally ill woman done wrong by a successful man and how she gets her vengeance. The story is both thrilling and satisfying. Elements are what make any story what it is, from the complex characters to worry for and grow with, to the conflict keeping the reader on the edge of their seat, mind racing at how it will be resolved. All of the elements made this story a good read, but in this case one stands out in particular. The setting really give this story the excitement and thought provoking substance that could enthrall anybody. The setting proves to be so important it controls character actions. Everything that happens is determined on the setting of this story. This literary work is started out with a setting of New York on a rainy, gloomy day. New York is known to be an exciting city that never sleeps, full of successful people such as Blake, the main character, or people struggling just to get by, like Miss Dent. The city being so crowded and loud makes it hard for people to really think and calm themselves down. “He noticed now how much louder the rain made the noises of the street… horns were blowing urgently… The sidewalk was crowded… he wondered if she was following him.” (Cheever 2) Even on these rainy days the streets are still full of sounds and people. These many noises give Blake a serious case of paranoia. Blake saw Miss Dent earlier and now the many distractions around

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