John Cheever develops his theme that changes will inevitably come as time passes by in his short story "The Swimmer" through his use of symbolism, tone, and irony. At first glance,"The Swimmer" is literally a story about a man who swims through pools only to come home to an empty house- the symbolism makes it much more than that. One of the main symbols in "The Swimmer" is the swimming pools, which represent time periods. Halfway through the story, Ned reaches the Welchers and realises that they "had definitely gone away. [Their] pool furniture was folded, stacked, and covered with a tarpaulin" (Cheever).
Worst of all, after a hot summer day of work, Alfie and Brett can’t even take a quick swim in the pool that they just cleaned. At lunch time every day, Alfie would have a new recipe something like “tabbouleh”. He would make Brett try it whether or not he wanted to or didn’t want to. The men became close Brett could talk about his problems mostly with his dad and Alfie wouldn’t judge him, maybe a side comment here or there but not much. Often Alfie would talk about how he left his wife and child and he wishes his daughter would have given him a second chance when she was younger to make up for what he did.
Throughout the story, John Cheever uses the the literary device of symbolism to illustrate the theme of a cyclic human experience that erodes away every day. Throughout the story "The Swimmer," Cheever uses this device to represent a plethora of symbols. For example, the main and initial symbol perceived in everyones minds are the aqua swimming pools. While wasting the day drinking at his neighbors house, he has an epiphany to swim through all the pools on the path back home. Before this however, the main character, Neddy, complains about the days where everyone just moans that they drank too much last night.
Neddy’s journey across the swimming pools are representative of a significant period of time passing in his life which are ignored. He escapes into drink after drink and pool after pool and during his journey the summer days quickly deteriorate into autumn-like ... ... middle of paper ... ... his family is gone. Neddy’s journey across the swimming pools of his town are an effective parallel of many Americans living in upper and middle class suburban America. Neddy, as do many American’s today, choose to swim through their lives with their eyes barely open. Behaviors such as incurring too much debt, alcoholism, and keeping up with the neighbors (Jones’) are things that eat away at society and destroys families.
My father threw me in the water. He thought that if he threw me in I would 1) learn how to keep my head above water and 2) learn how to swim. My fear was drowning in the pool, so my father signed me up for swimming lessons. After a few months I overcame my fear of drowning and learned how to swim. Powerlessness: The Essential Experience of Addi... ... middle of paper ... ...e towards addicts and or alcoholics has not changed.
Reader Reaction to John Cheever's The Swimmer One of the main ideas that is conveyed in John Cheever's The Swimmer is the way in which life consists of different mental stages and how they each affect the consciousness of the mind. In The Swimmer, Neddy goes through different swimming pools and this represents the different journeys in his life. He progresses from boundless optimism to endless despair as the seasons go by. The times when Neddy is in or out of the water also represents the emotions he is going through and perhaps can correlate to the emotions felt throughout the duration of ones life. For example, when Neddy is not swimming, he tends to feel down or aggravated.
Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, usually while performing acrobatics. It is said that there are two categories of divers they 're those who perform with magnificent skill, grace, beauty, and courage then there is Greg Louganis. He was born in San Diego, California in 1960 was adopted by Peter and Frances Louganis as a young boy Greg faced a lot of obstacles. He had a very difficult relationship with his father who was abusive towards him in a physical way. Greg was also suffering in the eyes of his peers who would make fun of him because of his dyslexia.
Michael says that he feels like his coach is like his older brother, but the two also know how to get each other going. “But just for example, if I really want a reaction out of him, I’ll just say, “Well, it’s obvious you don’t really wanna do this. Why don’t you just get out of here?” He’ll absolutely pitc... ... middle of paper ... ...istory (Smabl 10). Michael Phelps has had an amazing career in the sport of swimming and the stats can prove it. Phelps, at the age of 15, made it on an Olympic team, being the youngest male to have done that since 1932 (Busnak 32).
As we traverse the sporadic and courageous landscape of the human mind we are dragged into the maybes, perhaps, and could have beens that are sometimes more true than the stark, strange reality that hits us straight in the face. The passage on the bottom of page 210 reads, “Yes. Maybe we are both Father. Maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished. Maybe happen is never once but like ripples maybe on water after the pebble sinks, the ripples moving on, spreading, the pool attached by a narrow umbilical water-cord to the next pool which the first pool feeds, has fed, did feed, let this second pool contain a different temperature of water, a different molecularity of having se... ... middle of paper ... ...t the truth would even mean, considering who was left to even care.
Time Heals Everything Whenever we were kids, we didn’t quite understand situations as well as we would now as adults. No matter how many questions we asked at that young age, we were still left puzzled. That’s how I felt as a child whenever one of the most tragic moments in my life occurred. I was too young to see how severe the situation was at the time, but now, after growing up, I can understand the misery and depression my family felt. It was a scorching, summer day in the middle of August when I was mindlessly playing with my cousins in their rather large, spacious pool.