Homework Help

What is the setting in the Story I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier? 

user profile pic

gchs | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2007 at 6:12 AM via web

dislike 1 like

What is the setting in the Story I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier?

 

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

julierunacres | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 2, 2007 at 8:44 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

The narrator, Adam, tells us the setting in the first sentence: he is on 'the bicycle' and is on 'Route 31'. Later in the chapter we find he's travelling from Monument, Massachusetts, to Rutterburg, Vermont.

It's not quite so straightforward, though. In the last chapter, when Adam reaches Rutterberg, he arrives at a hospital where he's questioned by a doctor. It becomes clear that Adam's journey has been in his imagination. He has been cycling, but only around the hospital grounds. So you could say that the novel's setting is the hospital, although this is only revealed retrospectively - that is, after we've read it.  

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes