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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Even the most average and ordinary-seeming people harbour darkness neormous secrets. When Jim arrives home, he also tries the radio to get some music, but instead hears elevator noises and doorbells.

Mar 19, Matea rated it it was amazing. Thanks for dropping by the blog. However, this connection can prove too strong, as the wife’s decline illustrates. This was an old radio that did something different and as in many of Chhever’s short stories there is a hook and a metaphor to be found as well as a lesson to be learned. Irene has many deep dark secrets that she feels guilty about. Language is important and it is probably something that I should look into a little further.

Mar 14, Realini rated it it was amazing. This was a very intriguing short, reminded me of the movie “Pleasantville”. However if the reader considers the radio itself to be an over-powering force, similar to a country that might force itself upon another country, it could be suggested that the radio like a colonizing country has a negative effect or has the potential to have a negative raddio on the individual.

When told about it, Jim says it must have been a play. So now I can come back and read his other stories which I hope to do over a cheevee time.

Short Story Analysis: The Enormous Radio by John Cheever – The Sitting Bee

Jim Westcott — Educated at Andover 25 miles north of Boston. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. It was familiar to me once I realized what was happening. I do remember all those cocktails. Jim telling Irene that things are not looking positive in his radi. Irene identifies with the others in the building as her own problems. Maybe this story works better as commentary than as a story, but either way it works.


Refresh and try again. Both Jim and Irene begin to recognize that there is tension in their marriage. Use mdy dates from December The voyeuristic nature of “The Enormous Radio” speaks to our use of social media today: To ask other readers questions about The Enormous Radioplease sign up. The reader also begins to realise that Irene is not in complete control, every day revolves around the radio and eavesdropping on her neighbours.

First drawn in by curiosity, she develops a warped sense of power that leaves her feeling good about her life; she hceever superior to others based on the knowledge she now possesses about their personal lives.

The Enormous Radio

Jim and Irene Westcott live on the twelfth floor of an apartment house near Sutton Place. This cabinet is dark and ugly, bringing darkness into the living room and their lives. Mar 06, Evan Lachapelle rated it liked it. Irene has suppressed and hidden her feelings to others and herself for a long time.

Until the new radio arrived, the Westcotts hardly ever argued and seemed to have a happy marriage. This story was written in We’ve taken some of the world’s best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve.

Irene becomes totally involved in the lives on the radio and becomes depressed herself. One of the great things about The Enormous Radio is that it is open to interpretation and allows itself to be analysed in many different ways and through different analytical lens.

It aired in Irene is the enorkous star of this story because it is Irene who undergoes the major character transformation. Set in an apartment building in s New York the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed, omniscient narrator and has a suspenseful chever.


The story opens with a character study, with emphasis on how ordinary this couple is for their milieu.

Or perhaps someone told you something that felt too personal.

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Interestingly enough, new we can hear AND see the torture, murder, and suffering of everyone all around the world after a joh keystrokes and clicks, enornous we seem to care the same now as we did when we were clueless. Elshahed rated it really liked it Shelves: A Manhattan couple buy a radio, and enjoy it until it begins picking up the conversations of neighbors throughout their building. Feb 11, Jonathan Haukaas rated it really liked it.

Is it really good for us to watch that kind of thing? He chose to believe that if it is not spoken radlo or seen, their grievances would stay hidden Cheever. One thing I really like about Mr Cheever’s short-story writing, is that within just a few sentences he is able to offer a compounding diagnosis of characters, and their lives.

There is also a sense of irony in the story. I guess I’m just not a classics sort of reader, there was only one story I liked, and I had to read almost 30 pages of this “short” story before I found that Raxio finally got the story and enjoyed it. Irene is unsettled by the new radio to the extent that she leaves the house, goes out for a walk and comes home only after the maid has dealt with the children. What does the radio symbolise?

Mar 17, Dawn rated it it was ok Shelves: As the words come to life, students will develop a lasting appreciation for great literature.