Cedric’s white roommate during his freshman year at Brown, Rob comes from a very different background, and the two boys have a number of conflicts based on their different perspectives on life. Cedric compares Rob to Wally Cleaver, the older brother in the 1950s television show Leave it to Beaver, the epitome of wholesome whiteness and prosperity. But while Rob is laid back, social, and uninterested in keeping his space clean (he’s used to having a maid to pick up after him), Cedric is completely the opposite, and they cannot seem to find a way to cohabitate without problems. They reconcile in their second year at Brown, when they no longer have to live together and can put aside their differences.
Rob Burton Character Timeline in A Hope in the Unseen
The timeline below shows where the character Rob Burton appears in A Hope in the Unseen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Goodbye to Yesterday
...to be recognized for something other than being black. The conversation moves on, and when Rob is talking, Cedric suddenly interrupts to announce that Rob is Wally Cleaver from the old... (full context)
...their syllabi, and receive their first assignments. They discuss the classes afterwards, and Cedric tells Rob he is excited about his Richard Wright seminar, and likes his instructor, an African American... (full context)
...references, calling one student Casey Kasem. When the question of roommates comes around, Cedric and Rob joke that they have big problems. Back in their room, they are both feeling relaxed... (full context)
Chapter 8: Fierce Intimacies
Chapter 10: A Bursting Heart
Chapter 12: Let the Colors Run
Chapter 13: A Place Up Ahead
Chapter 14: Meeting the Man