I am having trouble finding a good theme to write about for my theme analysis assignment on the book Falconer by John Cheever. I had a few ideas but they are difficult for me to expand into 3-5...

I am having trouble finding a good theme to write about for my theme analysis assignment on the book Falconer by John Cheever. I had a few ideas but they are difficult for me to expand into 3-5 pages. Any ideas that may be easier for me to go on about?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I have changed your topic to "Falconer," since eNotes provides much valuable information about the book, including Themes, which you can access by clicking on the link below. It seems to me that the two most important factors in John Cheever's troubled life were his homosexuality, or bisexuality, and his alcoholism. These are thoroughly discussed in two books, both of which are covered by eNotes and can be accessed via the reference links below. The books are Home Before Dark by Cheever's daughter Susan Cheever, and The Journals of John Cheever. It seems to me that the homosexuality problem in Cheever's real life is used as a motif in his novel Falconer, and that his very serious drinking problem appears disguised in the novel as a drug addiction. No doubt his drinking was connected to his refusal to accept his homosexuality, so the two things are tied together. You may not have time to read Home Before Dark or The Journals of John Cheever, but you can find abundant information about both books in the eNotes study guides, and I believe you should refer to both important works in your essay. Here is a pertinent quote from the coverage of The Journals of John Cheever:

The JOURNALS provide ample evidence of the nearly Manichaean division within Cheever and his lifelong struggle with his own warring impulses: bisexuality, alcoholism, a frail sense of identity and self-esteem, his various but ultimately connected insecurities (financial, emotional, professional), and his strained, often combative relations with those he most loved, his brother Fred and his wife Mary. 

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joshua-16-ng | eNotes Newbie

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Well, just clear your mind and think ... just think if you still cannot find the answer, try brainstorming!

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