John Cheever

1. Recently, we read three stories by John Cheever that focus on the ways in which adult behavior and decisions affect children and childhood. For this topic, examine the ways in which Cheever represents children and discuss how childhood may be seen in relation to adulthood. Are childhood traumas precursors of adulthood ones? Does exposure to adult behavior damage children or prepare them for adulthood? Or is adulthood enough proof that we survive childhood? Or is the relationship between the two something else? 2. Same question as above, but writing about one of the other authors we’ve read this term. 3. Chose one story written by one of the other authors we’ve read (see list above) and one story by Cheever, and answer the following question: How are Cheever’s views of childhood like or unlike those of one of the additional short story authors we’ve read this term?