Reunion: Short Story and Father

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How we see each other
The stories I am going to write about are “Reunion” by John Cheever from 1962 and “Living with strangers” by Siri Hustvedt from 2002 . These stories are short stories. The one I am going to focus on the most is “Reunion” by John Cheever. This is the short story which I am going to analyze, and I am going to draw parallels with “Living with strangers”.
“Reunion” is about a son that is waiting for his father in Grand Central Station. His father comes to take him out for lunch. He has not seen his father in 3 years - since his mother divorced him. The father really wanted to take the son up to his club. But the club was in the Sixties. The son and his father go to 4 different restaurants, where they either get no
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We are in the moment and follows father and son around in New York as they try to find some place to eat and talk, which they never do.
The entire story is told from Charlie’s point of view. He is a direct storyteller, this means that he tells the story from his point of view and sees himself as I. he also tells the story from an inner point of view. This means that the story is only told from Charlie’s point of view and nobody elses.
The themes there are in this short story is family, good people and bad people, different people. The reason why I want to have family in the short story is, because of the fact that Charlie is so excited to see his father again and clearly is very happy to see him and have looked forward of spending time with him. I think Charlie is missing a father figure in his life, therefore he is excited to see him and also because he now can see where he comes from. The theme different people have I chosen because we get to see some different people in this short story. We get to meet Charlie and his fathers, but also all the waiters that do not serve them properly. This way we get to see how different people can be in such a small space and time. The theme good people and bad people have I chosen because I think the father tries to be a good man by spending time with his son, but then again he does not know how to behave around his son, he does not how to spend proper time with him, and instead of finding a restaurant

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