Thursday, November 19, 2009

Final paragraph from: "Goodbye, My Brother" by John Cheever

Oh, what can you do with a man like that? What can you do? How can you dissuade his eye in a crowd from seeking out the cheek with acne, the infirm hand; how can you teach him to respond to the inestimable greatness of the race, the harsh surface beauty of life; how can you put his finger for him on the obdurate truths before which fear and horror are powerless? The sea that morning was iridescent and dark. My wife and my sister were swimming--Diana and Helen--and I saw their covered heads, black and gold in the dark water. I saw them come out and I saw that they were naked, unshy, beautiful, and full of grace, and I watched them walk out of the sea.

1. In a word, or in a few words, or even in very many words, describe the emotion (the vibe) of this ending?

2. How is this vibe achieved?

1 comment:

  1. 1. transcendence, or hope
    2. lyrical anaphora layering two opposing images; juxtaposing enduring bleakness w/ a flicker of radiance