Cheever Essays

  • Reunion by John Cheever

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    Reunion, by John Cheever, is a story told through the eyes of a young boy, Charlie, who is recalling a meeting with his father who he hasn’t seen for more than three years. It is set in New York where Charlie’s father lives. He meets up with his father during a stop over between trains. In the first paragraph we are introduced to Charlie and his father. Charlie is very much looking forward to meeting his father who he hasn’t seen since his parents divorced three years before. “He was a stranger

  • The Swimmer John Cheever

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    John Cheever utilizes a variety of structures in "The Swimmer" to make its importance. Through this short story, Cheever suggests that maturing is inexorable and one frequently denies its advancing furthermore landing. Utilizing Neddy's excursion through his neighbors' pools, he demonstrates that when one encounters all around beneficial occasions, it is hard to acknowledge the results and changes. Cheever proposes that an individual regularly keeps down genuine occasions from the brain and rather

  • The Swimmer By John Cheever

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    John Cheever is an American writer best known for his powerful criticism of American middle class. His stories are characterized by his attention to detail parts of his life inside his careful writing. Cheever lives drives the reader to his short fiction, “The Swimmer,” where he details the exploratory journey of Neddy Merrill. A main character who has name himself as a pilgrim. Neddy decides make an exploratory journey to swim his way home across his neighbors’ pools which represents the surface

  • The Swimmer By John Cheever

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    the illusions he has constructed about his life are stripped away, and in the process the truth behind his society is realized. In unveiling the tragedy of Neddy’s existence, Cheever reveals the unworthiness of an unexamined life. The tragedy of Neddy’s presence leads to his own demise. Through an unique usage of tone, Cheever foreshadows the misfortunes of the protagonist. Stereotypically, the author hints at the fact that that wealthy people loaf around and indulge themselves with alcohol to rid

  • O' Youth And Beauty! by John Cheever

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    The story "O' Youth and Beauty!" by John Cheever is about the Bentley family, who live in Shady Hill as a happily married couple, who have their fair share ups and downs. Cash Bentley, the father of the household, is a former track star who has many money problems, and at times can be very touchy. Cash also had a charming quality of stubborn youthfulness, and felt they he always need to prove his youthfulness to his peers. Everytime the Bentleys went out drinking with their friends Cash would be

  • Allegory In The Swimmer, By John Cheever

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    casting a rainbow through the spray from the waterfall; the reflection on the chestnut skin of his well-build belly shows his health and wealth as a successful man. This is how John Cheever put in the first paragraph of “The Swimmer”, with a gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by a lovely forest. In the story, John Cheever gives a large role on portraying iconic objects around Neddy Merrill to imply the society’s materialism. The story is based on Neddy’s epic whim: he intends to swim across the whole

  • John Cheever Research Paper

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    John Cheever, born in Quincy, Massachusetts, was a child of Frederick Cheever and Mary Cheever. As a child, his life was not that hard; expect he had to deal with the neglect by his father and his workaholic mother. He didn’t get good grades in school, yet he is still one of the finest writers in America. In many of John’s stories he references his parents with negative terms such as “workaholic mother” or “hard-drinking father”. John was conceived while his father was drunk. There aren’t many orphans

  • Realism In The Swimmer John Cheever

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    Swimmer is a short story published in 1964 by American author John Cheever. Most stories can have emotional impacts on the readers but some take the readers in the edge of reality. John’s writing can be categorized as factually movement known as realism. The story is frequently reflected as a symbol about decline, the aging progression, mid-life crisis and the life cycle as a whole. The swimmer is about the life of a mind-aged young man who goes through the life in a swimming journey. He begins

  • Alcoholism In The Swimmer By John Cheever

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    "The Swimmer," written by John Cheever follows the journey of the main character, Neddy Merrill and his struggles with alcoholism. Living in a wealthy community; full of golf courses, tennis courts and lots of parties, Neddy lives an envious lifestyle, but in the end the journey doesn't seem so desirous. Struggles surface as alcohol became the center of all interactions with those in his community. Cheever uses symbolism to describe different phases of Neddy's life and reflects on how a life of alcoholism

  • The Themes In The Swimmer, By John Cheever

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    1. I think the message that John Cheever is trying to make in this short story is that if a person is in total concentration of a single goal, then it may result in ignoring or losing treasures that enrich our everyday lives. Some of these lost treasures are friendships, respect, family, and possessions. “The Swimmer” is written in third person omniscient, but focuses more on the main character Neddy. “Was he losing his memory, had his gift for concealing painful facts let him forget that he had

  • The Monotony of Life in The Swimmer, by John Cheever

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    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

  • Allusion and Symbolism in The Swimmer, by John Cheever

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    John Cheever does not merely state the theme of his story, he expresses his theme, as a good writer should, in a variety of metaphors and analogies coupled with powerful imagery. In The Swimmer, Cheever writes and underscores his primary theme of alcoholism in many ways, such as his use of autumnal imagery and the color green. However, there is also some very prominent symbolism and allusions that serve to highlight the theme while also augmenting the artistic and poetic nature of the story. One

  • The Swimmer John Cheever Character Analysis

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    leads the character to seek help and find a better way of living. This straight forward approach used by Matthew Weiner, while great for a screen, might have been lost when described realistically in a novel, however accurate the story might be. John Cheever, the writer of “The Swimmer” opens the doors of interpretation with his character Neddy Merrill and his similar life to Don Draper. However, Neddy Merrill stops short of the last step of ever realizing that he has a problem only to be faced with the

  • The Passage of Time and Life in The Swimmer, by John Cheever

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    Having written a multitude of short stories and novels, author, John Cheever, has showcased his incredible writing abilities multiple times throughout his career. Even as a child, Cheever outwardly expressed his desire to write. As proven by his longstanding career, Cheever’s thirst for writing remained with him throughout his entire life. In perhaps his most famous piece of work, “The Swimmer,” Cheever’s impeccable writing ability is showcased brilliantly. Although originally set out to be a novel

  • Ned's Journey In The Swimmer, By John Cheever

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    In a story by John Cheever, a man decides to go from his friend’s house and swim across the county to his own home. Since there is a lack of a large body of water such as a lake or river, Neddy Merrill decides to make his path go through his neighbors’ pools. The narrator only takes a couple of hours to complete Ned’s journey, but the seasons change and time passes as though several years have gone by. In these changing years, Ned descends from youthful ecstasy into loss and suffering. The main character

  • Denial and Alcoholism Exposed in The Swimmer, by John Cheever

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    The Swimmer by John Cheever begins at Helen and Donald Westerhazy’s pool when Neddy Merrill makes the decision to journey eight miles home by swimming through a series of pools, he calls the “Lucinda River” (297) and walking when unable to swim. While he making his way back home, he stops at fourteen old friends’ houses and drinks before continuing on if possible. By the end of Neddy’s journey, he is exhausted and comes to the realization that he has lost not only his house but also his wife and

  • Comparing Masculinity And Relationships In Reunion By John Cheever

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    ladder says a great deal about them as a person. In the short story “Reunion” by John Cheever, Charlie’s father’s overbearing masculinity, and callous treatment of “domestics” lead to his further estranging his relationship with his son. Because this man is so focused on his own image of power and superiority, and because he is rude to the waiters, he loses valuable time to bond with his son. From the get-go Cheever emphasises the classic description of masculinity in Charlie’s father, foreshadowing

  • The Swimmer, by John Cheever: Time Waits For No Man

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    In “The Swimmer” by John Cheever, Neddy’s view of reality is drastically different from his neighbors. Neddy thinks that the entire story takes place in the time of an afternoon, when in reality many months have passed. Even though Neddy is stuck in the past, his neighbors and the rest of society move on, and at first it causes slightly awkward sympathy, but later he finds himself completely alone, his family, friends and neighbors having left him behind. Neddy’s situation illustrates that the passage

  • Losing Time in Life: The Swimmer by John Cheever

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    excellent job in showing how unaware Neddy is in his own decline. In John Cheever's "The Swimmer," Cheever uses diction and symbolism to express the theme of repetitive human life that decays daily. 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

  • Psychoanalytical Criticism of The Swimmer by John Cheever

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    In the short story The Swimmer by John Cheever, one of the dominant themes is the passage of time. In this short story time seems to pass as reality does with us unaware of its passing. The main character is the protagonist hero, Neddy Merrill who embarks on a traditional theme of a homeward journey. The scene opens on a warm mid-summer day at an ongoing pool party with Neddy and his wife Lucinda. The pool is “fed by an artesian well with a high iron content, was a pale shade of green. They are at