In the short story “The Swimmer” by John Cheever, the main character Neddy, is at a friends’ house, but decides to take a new route home. Neddy wanted to swim home by going through numerous neighboring backyards. It was an 8 mile swim home for a man who never did anything for himself. All he ever did was inherit money. it is Neddy’s delusional arrogance and not his loss of wealth that leaves him lost and alone at the end of his journey. Neddy thinks arrogantly about his life and his friends as he plans his journey at the Weterhazy’s. Neddy seems delusional throughout the entire story traveling his journey to the public pool and the Hallorans. After losing his family and friends,
In the article “Swimming for Her Life,” by Kristen Lewis, it describes the life of Yusra Mardini. When Yursa was 13 the civil war started. Yusra fled in 2015 when she was 18. Yusra faces many challenges. She faces being a refugee, crossing the Aegean sea and being smuggled into Germany and Greece. When the Civil war started it caused Yusra and Sarah to become refugees and get smuggled into Greece and Germany. They also were crossing the aegean sea when the mortar to their boat stopped and it started to fill with water. Yusra and sarah both hopped out of their boat and and swam for 3.5 hours saving 18 souls. Once Yusra made it to Germany she met a man named Sven Spannekerbs. She swam for him and he immediately recognized her talent for swimming.
Everything eventually changes, yet Neddy Merrill denies himself this fact. During his water journey, however, Merrill begins to see how futile his efforts really were, “The force of the wind had stripped a maple of its red and yellow leaves and scattered them over the grass and water” (Cheever 2046). Merrill, who began his journey on a beautiful summer day, is now faced with the fall season and begins to see time in full force. For Neddy, time represents an enemy, something that he wishes to control. “Time, despite Neddy’s attempts through repetition to stop it, has not been standing still. Nature is in constant motion” (Blythe). Merrill’s journey has led him to realize how useless his repetitious lifestyle has been. He now questions his worth and wonders where his life is taking him. Merrill is a broken man and has fallen to his lowest point.
For this essay, I am going to be discussing the short story “Swimming” found on the New Yorker, and written by T. Cooper. I have chosen this story for many reasons, and among those reasons is the personal sadness I felt when I first read the story, almost as if the universe was placing a certain theme in my life, that only the main character could possibly understand. I am talking about running, the god given instinct felt by all men, inherent in the nature of fear, and brought out in all who feel sadness in its full intensity. Though in my short life I can not compare the sadness I have felt with that of losing a child at my own hand, but if I had been placed in that situation, if fate had tempted my soul with such a sequence of events, I would like to think I could find the strength to endure and the courage to not abandon all I had previously known. Yet I am able to reconcile the themes of grief, the mode of recovery, and the longing to escape such a terrible tale. I think in this piece, as I will discuss in later parts, the author was able to put into words a transformation we rarely get to observe in closeness, the kind of transformation that turns a kind man into a “just man” the kind of death that turns this world from a beautiful and happy place into a world that is closing in on our main character, that is forcing him to surface temporarily and gasp for air, much like he does when he finds peace in the water, wading breath after air, after sea. I firmly believe that
The Swimmer by John Cheever was published in 1964. The short story show the reader the emptiness many experienced during the mid-century white flight. The Swimmer gives a view into the life of Ned Merrill, an affluent suburban man’s life. Cheever uses symbolism, imagery, and tone to convey the theme of narcissism and suburban emptiness during the 1960’s.
“The Swimmer” is an allegory that is narrated in third person point of view as someone who is observing Neddy’s journey. This
In The Swimmer a short story by John Cheever a man named Neddy Merrill decides to swim across every pool in the county naming his route the Lucinda River after his wife. As he goes on this journey some of his neighbors are nice, some show pity, and others show distaste for him. Throughout the story Cheever gives subtle hints that Neddy is disoriented as he doesn’t remember key details of things that have happened to his friends in the area. At the end of the story a disoriented Neddy reaches his home to find it empty, with his family gone. Cheever uses this short story to critique the way of life in the upper class suburbs of America that contributed to the social demise of Neddy Merrill
When I first joined the North Attleboro Swim Team my freshman year of high school, I did not know what to expect. Prior to joining, I had never swam on a team before so it was a whole new experience to me. As the first week of swim started, I was apprehensive if I wanted to continue since I was not on the same caliber as my other teammates were. The practices were brutal but extremely rewarding, as I strived to prove myself and to my coaches. As my freshman season was under way, a couple of upperclassmen took
In “Six Things You Should Know about Being a Swimmer”, I have changed the 6 things many times. From making it “6 Things You Should Know about Being a Middle School Student” to “6 Things You Should Know about Being a Kid with Diverse Parents”. However, I didn’t really know what 6 things to put about any of these. In the end, I decided to do something that I am really good at, swim. Even doing this was hard. They’re plenty of things that I could say, but then I didn’t know how to put it into words.
I worked with youth at Chicago Youth Center being a Junior Lifeguard. I taught ages 5-18 numerous techniques of swimming. I taught them life lessons through swimming as well. I volunteered because I think more youth need to know how to swim. Many children drown due to not knowing how to swim.
The material significance of water is clear. Water is an essential part of human life. Whether it’s the water we ingest in order to maintain the strength and integrity of our bodily structure and functions, or the water in our oceans that preserve the fragile ecosystem of our planet and cover a majority of the Earth’s surface. We have learned to exploit water for our survival and our leisure, sometimes at great risk. However, water also has a psychological significance to humans. There is something about water that has always attracted humanity. It is evident from our literature that humanity has often felt drawn to the water. Some good examples of this are Tim Winton’s 2008 novel ‘Breath’ and ‘The Bloody Past, the Wandering Future’, written by Janette Turner Hospital as a part of her ‘Dislocation’ series in 1990.
In addition, to being a very healthy sport and having an amazing coach, College of the Canyon swim team is marvelous because the swim team is co-ed. The benefits of being part of a co-ed sport are the opportunity to build respect for one another. Many of the swimmers on College of the Canyons come from swimming backgrounds many swam in club teams, others did high school, and some did water polo but, all the swimmers prove they are strong and fast enough to be on the team and because of that, they gained respect from the other swimmers. Unlike, same-sex sports many of the players usually become jealous of one another which can result in arguments, fights and poor performance during their sporting event. Another, advantage of being part of
If you are part of the minority of people who believe that obtaining an education is the only resource that your children will need to be successful in the future, then I am here to change your outlook . There are many other skills that one must have in order to be successful in the workforce. During the course of this presentation, I will inform you about leadership programs within the Learn to Swim program. As a lifeguard, as well as someone who has been through the leadership pathway, I can personally speak about my experiences and how they have positively impacted my life. My goal for the end of this presentation is for you to understand: how the programs work, the benefits of the programs, and how the skills acquired will help your children
Watching the screen, many children and adults are glued to the swimmers that race each other in the Olympics. The swimmers are young and strong, but many do not know who these swimmers are. Adding on to what they do not know contains the history of swimming in the glorified Olympics. The backstory of this sporting event shows the progression and improvement of swimming because swimming evolved through the Olympics. This includes the beginning, improvement, and modern Olympic swimming sport.