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Rotten Cheese

‘The Farmer and the Dell' is a rhyme meant for children. I am the Cheese, by Robert
Cormier, is a book meant for no one. The story begins with an odd child, Adam, riding his
bike to Rutterburb, Vermont (1). Throughout the story, Adam tells his history and
childhood to man called Brint in a small room like a psychiatrist's office, which seems to
be in the future compared to Adam's bike-riding story. As Adam tells his story to Brint,
he slowly remembers pieces of his earlier childhood that were unknown. The bike marathon
part of the story ends up actually being part of Adam's imagination. All of the people he
meets are actually workers/patients at a mental institution where he is being interrogated
by Brint. Cormier uses this confusing attempt at a story to develop Adam's character and
the style of the story.

Throughout the story, Adam develops in many ways. Cormier uses the ways Adam reacts to
other people and situations to show how Adam develops. Indirectly, Cormier uses the dog
attack on Adam to show Adam's fear of dogs (35). Cormier also directly states that "the
dog is ferocious and I am terrified," (35). Adam was also a calm reclusive child until he
met Amy (55). She helped to bring out Adam and helped him to share his feelings ( ).

Cormier uses the time and place to show the passage of time between storylines and the
background of the story. The setting changes when the storylines change, such as when Adam
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