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The Five-Forty-Eight

How does setting contribute to theme?

In John Cheever's short story "The Five-Forty-Eight," the setting mirrors the actions of the story in many ways. The setting of the city also enhances the loneliness of the woman and the cold,...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2018 10:41 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "The Five-Forty-Eight"?

The most likely theme in The Five-Forty-Eight is that of the male chauvinism that took place between the stereotypical "bosses and secretaries." The main character Blake has evidently...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2009 11:01 pm UTC

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What kind of a person is Blake in "The Five-Forty-Eight" by John Cheever?

In John Cheever’s story, "The Five-Forty-Eight", the protagonist Blake is a prosperous businessman. The reader quickly understands that Blake is less the hero and more the villain in the story....

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012 6:15 pm UTC

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What is the significance of Miss Dent’s handwriting in "The Five-Forty-Eight"?

In this 1954 short story for The New Yorker, John Cheever writes of a man who uses and throws away women—in this particular case, a Miss Dent, who he says lacks "self-esteem"—and therefore can't,...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 2:52 pm UTC

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Did Blake Learn His Lesson?  In your opinion, did Blake learn his lesson after his harrowing experience with Miss...

If Blake didn't learn his lesson, the reader, especially the male reader, certainly learns a lesson from this harrowing story. The lesson is that you shouldn't use other people. I am reminded of...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2015 1:15 pm UTC

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