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Control in Crews's Body and Cheever's Five-Forty-Eight Harry Crews's Body and John Cheever's "Five-Forty-Eight" offer characters whose lives lack command. Although Crews's Bateman is a perfecting, attractive, and hot body proprietor, his lifestyle doesn't meet him. However, from the exterior Bateman seems happy and content. On the flip side, Cheever's Ms. Dent is skinny, shy, emotional, and disheveld. Her description reflects the unsteadiness and the bitterness in her life. Although Bateman's character contrast with Ms. Dent's, they have a similar demand for control. Bateman and also Ms. Dent search for control in the kind of love items. Bateman finds Earline Turnipseed an overweight, virginal, easy and complacent "redneck." Ms. Dent finds Blake a very unpopular, egotistical, violent, and chauvinistic womanizer. Both character finds control; however, just Bateman does this through his love object. Bill Bateman and also Ms. Dent sense too little control and completion evident in their disorders. Bateman suffers kind bulimia: "[he] couldn't hold into the stiff diet of a champion, never was able to, however he had been a secret and realized puker"(105). His rigid diet doesn't contribute to his bulimia; instead, his extreme obsession with command contributes to his illness. Showing his very own neurosis, Bateman uncontrollably fears collapse. By penalizing his body through weight lifting, firming, and purging he artificially feels powerful and in management. Although Ms. Dent doesn't directly establish his ailment, she too suffers from a neurosis, plus clinical depression. Struggling with her illness, Ms. Dent "was at the hospital for eight months"(81). While her obsession with her Blake, her paranoia, her stalking, her uncontrollable emot...