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    2014 An Analysis of "The Swimmer" by John Cheever Most stories can have an emotional impact on people, but once in a while certain stories can take the reader to the edge of reality. The Swimmer is a fascinating story with primary use of a setting and amazing characters that engages readers and can move them to experience life in an unfathomable way. Cheever was born May 27, 1912, in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Frederick Lincoln Cheever and Mary Liley Cheever. His father owned a shoe factory until

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    In John Cheever’s “The Swimmer,” the main character challenges himself to swim through all of the neighboring pools on his way home. He has named this chain of pools the “Lucinda River” which is a nod to his marriage. Each pool that he swims in represents a period of time that Neddy passes through. At the top of the tale, Neddy is a strong and active young man that is deeply content with his life. He feels as if there isn’t a thing that he can’t accomplish. Neddy changes physically as he moves from

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    By the time the alcohol touches the tongue, the storm has already begun. John Cheever’s relationship with alcohol presents itself throughout the short story “The Swimmer”, and uses the character, Ned Merrill, to represent the struggles he was experiencing. Addiction and the need for alcohol drove this character into a storm he couldn't retreat from. In “The Swimmer” Cheever uses a physical storm and the changes in the weather to show the path of drinking and becoming an alcoholic. The short story

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    In the short story “ The Swimmer,” John Cheever expresses the idea that Neddy Merrill can lose everything if he denies reality. Cheever achieves this by employing various symbols during Merrill's cross county journey. The main symbols are the weather and seasons. Cheever uses the changing of seasons to distort the character’s sense of time and show the progression of Merrill’s life. In the beginning of the story the setting is described as a midsummer day and by the end of the story, Merrill is able

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    Cheever’s “The Swimmer” John Cheever’s short story, “The Swimmer,” describes the epic journey of Neddy Merrill as he attempts to swim his way back home. Throughout the story, readers continually question reality and fantasy while wondering whether Merrill is really experiencing what Cheever portrays or if he is simply stuck in the past. Merrill goes from house to house as he freestyles across each swimming pool along the way. As the story draws to the end, Cheever points out that Merrill’s world

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    In the short allegory, ‘The Swimmer’ (1968), John Cheever explores the grandeur of the title character, Ned Merrill, a posh middle-aged man on the brink of alcoholism who lives in a world devoid of spiritual meaning and filled with materialism. Throughout the story, Ned’s swimming escapade or his seeming journey of self, pool by pool, reveals the facade of his idealized ‘reality’ and as a result, into an epoch of incredulity whereby he begins to realize that with every stroke comes disillusionment

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    The Swimmer The Swimmer was originally a short story written by John Cheever. The story on the surface is about a wealthy man named Ned Merrill who decides to swim home to his wife Lucinda and two daughters using a string of swimming pools. However, when he arrives home he comes to an empty house. Using an in depth analysis, it is revealed that his “journey” is actually his decline in status, and effects of alcoholism. Ultimately it could be argued that the story shows the dangers of wealth and

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    In John Cheever’s short story, “The Swimmer,” we are introduced to Neddy Merrill a man who, at first glance, seemed to be an ordinary affluent suburban man enjoying some drinks by the pool with his neighbors. After lounging around with his neighbor, Neddy decided he’s going to go home by swimming through his neighbor’s pools. Through his swimming journey, Neddy slowly begins to acknowledge what has happened in his life. It wasn’t until the moment that Neddy finally reaches his home that everything

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    them step by step. Over the course of his battles with marital and financial issues, John Cheever, author of many short stories and longtime partner of the The New Yorker decided instead to push these issues out of his mind. By utilizing self-delusion he, like many of his characters, were able to cope with the ever changing world around them, but ultimately leading to bigger problems in the future. Therefore, John Cheever’s inner conflictions in the midst of his struggles with marriage and finances

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    Taking things for granted can often leave you lost and alone. 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

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