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The Enormous Radio: Introduction
The Enormous Radio: Plot Summary
The Enormous Radio: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Enormous Radio: Themes
The Enormous Radio: Quotes
The Enormous Radio: Characters
The Enormous Radio: Symbols
The Enormous Radio: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of John Cheever
Historical Context of The Enormous Radio
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- Full Title: The Enormous Radio
- When Written: 1947
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1947
- Literary Period: Twentieth century literature, Contemporary
- Genre: Short story, Domestic Gothic
- Setting: An apartment building in Sutton Place, a neighborhood of New York City.
- Climax: Irene, having overheard her neighbor beating his wife via the radio, begs Jim to intervene. In response, Jim turns off the radio—and act to which Irene ultimately does not object.
- Antagonist: The radio
- Point of View: Third person limited
Extra Credit for The Enormous Radio
The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo. The Westcotts overhear Miss Armstrong, a nurse who cares for the children of the Sweeneys, sing a nonsensical poem as a lullaby. The poem, written by Edward Lear, is titled “The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo,” It describes the doomed relationship between the titular gentleman, Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo, and Lady Jingly Jones.