The Westcotts buy a radio which in some peculiar fashion picks up sounds in other By John Cheever Jim has the radio fixed so that there is no interference. by John Cheever One day, their old radio stops working and Jim promises to buy a new one. The Enormous Radio Questions and Answers. In The Enormous Radio by John Cheever we have the theme of privacy, secrecy, obsession, doubt, change and control. Set in an apartment.

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Instead of playing music as it should, the Westcotts find that they are tuned in to the conversations and arguments of their neighbours.

They were the parents of two young children, they had been married nine joun, they lived on the twelfth floor of an apartment house near Sutton Place, they went to the theatre an average of One rasio the great things about The Enormous Radio cheveer that it is open to interpretation and allows itself to be analysed in many different ways and through different analytical lens.

By the end of the story she has come face-to-face with who she really is, because her husband has listed each of her most shameful acts. I first read this book in the summer of She was confounded by the number of dials and switches on the instrument panel, and she studied them thoroughly before she put the plug into a wall socket and turned the radio n.


It aired in Dermot Post Author December 2, 5: Thanks for dropping by the blog. The Enormous Radio by John Cheever. The different stages of addiction can also be seen as she continues to listen to the radio in larger quantities.

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I bet there’s a paper for someone to write about the way the characters cope with this knowledge in the story vs. For Irene, this meant the neglect of her own, along with her husbands, emotional needs. So fascinating short story. Cite Post McManus, Dermot. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.

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Although the story takes a dramatic twist at the end, which for most readers would shift their loyalties to Jim, unlike Irene who uses the radio as a source of peace and acceptance, the radio represents the mindset Jim has about marital conflict. I, for one, have spent large amounts of time analyzing people based on their social media presence, even though I know most individuals portray an idealized image rradio themselves online.

Radii went to the theater an average of… The reader can learn so much by understanding the language used by a writer. The story also deals with other contemporary issues like the materialistic values of society and the importance of keeping up appearances.

Then I found it enjoyable, but haven’t thought about it for years.

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My favorites are in bold, but every single story was good. Irene Fuller is a bored and lonely New York housewife.

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I am almost sure that, funnily enough, I have heard this story before on the radio. Cheever explores the theme of privacy several times in the story. Nov 26, Bill S.

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I have started with The Enormous Radio. View all 14 comments.

The wife becomes obsessed and depressed by the evils that are revealed about people who on the outside seem perfectly normal. On the way home, Irene speaks of the stars like a little candle throwing its beam as to “shine a good deed in a naughty world.

There is also is also the fact that Irene and Jim live a relatively private life. What Mary Jo Peterson discusses in her piece about communication in marriage, speaks directly to the husband in the Enormous Radio, Jim. Hardcover32 pages. The short story is built on signs of why their relationship is weakening and how their usual enormouss of dealing with it, is only prolonging the inevitable.

I think this story is a great criticism of our society in general, and I advise literature students and anyone who is interested short stories to give it a go.

There is also a sense of irony in the story. Once again Old Time Radio directs my reading by interesting me in something I heard!