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Exposing Pain from The Enormous Radio In John Cheever's short story, "The Enormous Radio," Jim and Irene Westcott are presented as ordinary, middle-class Americans with hopes and dreams just like everyone else. They're called "the sort of folks who seem to attack that sufficient average of income, job, and respectability" (Cheever 817). Jim and Irene thought they were the epitome of the great American family that was free of worry and difficulty. The only way that they differed in their neighbors and friends was a deep enthusiasm for serious music. This passion, through the monumental radio, brought to their attention the realization that they had just as many issues as the next family. Their response to the radio argues the simple fact that they were not ideal and didn't have a life span. The very first sign that the radio was likely to cause an issue was its physical look. Irene abhorred the radio: "She was struck at once with the physical ugliness of this massive gumwood cupboard" (Cheever 817). The radio stuck out like a sore thumb in Irene's perfectly arranged living room. The radio's appearance resembled what it'd finally do, "deliver a fresh ugliness to the perfectly organized lives of the Westcotts" (Giordano 56). As soon as the Westcotts first recognize that they had possession of a eavesdropping system, Irene becomes extremely paranoid about whether or not they're being overheard too, just like they've something to conceal. Irene immediately becomes obsessed with listening to others' conversations, as Nathan Giordano points out "it was just like tuning to a soap opera on television" (56). The Westcotts would stay up late at night to listen to others' conversations; a few nights that they went to bed "weak wit...