The Swimmer

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The Swimmer

Something might change everything in blink of an eye and that change can be huge. You might lose your respect or lose everything you had during that change, not even realizing that. In “The Swimmer” by John Cheever, shows that how the main character loses everything he had when he drinks too much. According to author, main character Neddy Merrill feels like an explorer and decides to get home by swimming all the pools in his neighborhood. He was famous and knew everyone in the town. This is why he was so confident that he would be welcomed whenever he went. Even though he was in a mid aged, he was very energetic. While he explores, he encounter many different problems and denies them all. He doesn’t even seem to know his own problems when people which were used to be his friends, felt sorry about him. He had no idea what was going on and the people whom he ignored, started to ignore him. He realizes how he distanced himself from his friends and close ones. As a result he misunderstands when people tell him about his friends and he thinks he loses his mind. It seems that the time pasted so slow but actually it pasted so fast that Neddy himself couldn’t notice it. He thought that life was only about happiness. This is why, everything he had have disappeared and he became lonely.

One of the themes in the “The Swimmer” by John Cheever focuses on how Neddy denied the situations and problems when he encountered. There were so many signs showed Neddy that there were some problems in his life but he kind of rejected it. For example, when he went to swim in Halloran’s pool, they told him that they were sorry about things that he lost, things he sold and some things about his children. However, instead of questioning them about his family and his house, his main focus was on swimming and continuing on his journey. It wasn’t only them who was sorry about his family but others whom he saw on his way too. Even there were some people...
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