I Am the Cheese Analysis

Historical Context

New Realism
With works including The Chocolate War and I Am the Cheese, Cormier became associated with a movement...

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I Am the Cheese Setting

Like Cormier's other novels, I Am the Cheese is set in small-town New England. In this case, Adam Farmer (formerly Paul Delmonte of...

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I Am the Cheese Literary Style

Separate Threads
The most challenging element of I Am the Cheese is its three-part structure. Three separate threads, or...

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I Am the Cheese Literary Qualities

Critical reaction to I Am the Cheese has taken two directions. Many readers find the novel a mind-boggling, deliberately confusing...

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I Am the Cheese Social Sensitivity

To parents and educators familiar with Cormier, I Am the Cheese will seem an extension of the author's indictment of American...

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I Am the Cheese Compare and Contrast

1970s: The federal Witness Protection Program is new, and not many citizens have factual information about it. Its workings are...

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I Am the Cheese Topics for Discussion

1. It is not until late in the novel that Adam discovers his secret past. What earlier indications are there that his parents are hiding...

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I Am the Cheese Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Cormier's novels are often compared to J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and John Knowles's Separate Peace. Research...

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I Am the Cheese Topics for Further Study

If you were making a film version of I Am the Cheese, whom would you cast to play the part of Brint and how would you tell him to...

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I Am the Cheese Related Titles / Adaptations

I Am the Cheese is one of four novels by Cormier dealing with social and political evils and the role of human nature in the creation...

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I Am the Cheese Media Adaptations

I Am the Cheese is available as an unabridged audiobook from Recorded Books, LLC. It was produced in 1994 and narrated by J. Woodman...

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I Am the Cheese What Do I Read Next?

The Chocolate War (1974) was Cormier's first novel for young adults. With its disturbing ending in which the lone hero does not win...

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I Am the Cheese For Further Reference

Bryfonski, Dedria, and Gerard J. Senick, eds. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 12. Detroit: Gale, 1980. Capsulizes a broad...

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I Am the Cheese Bibliography (Masterpieces of American Literature)

Campbell, Patricia J. Presenting Robert Cormier. Boston: Twayne, 1985.

Coats, Karen. “Abjection and Adolescent Fiction.” JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 5 (Fall, 2000): 290-300.

Gallo, Donald R. “Reality and Responsibility: The Continuing Controversy over Robert Cormier’s Books for Young Adults.” In The VOYA Reader. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1990.

Hyde, Margaret O. Robert Cormier. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.

Ishandert, Sylvia Patterson. “Readers, Realism, and Robert Cormier.” Children’s...

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I Am the Cheese Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Bell, Robert, Review of I Am the Cheese, in the School Librarian, September 1978, p. 281.

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