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I Am the Cheese

I Am the Cheese


by Robert Cormier

Arthur Haynes

Character Analysis

Arthur is the man who tells Adam that Junior Varney stole his bike. When Adam passes him while looking for his bike, Arthur is described as a large, sweaty man with a thick Southern accent who calls Adam "Honey." He sits on his building's fire escape watching the world go by and complains that he's "stuck in a cage" (24.13). We meet him again in the hospital, watching Adam (this time silently) from behind a banister. Adam says Arthur "gives me the creeps" (31.20). While the hospital staff seems to always be kind to Adam along his journey, the same can't be said of the patients.