Attitude, Meaning Symbolism and Allegory

Topics: Short story, The Reader, John Cheever Pages: 3 (810 words) Published: January 13, 2013
Attitude, Meaning, Symbolism & Allegory
Daouda Soumahoro
American International University
Part 1: Discussion with Others on Symbolize Pool, Highway and Character Needy
The “Swimmer” is one of a long familiar works of John Cheever (1964) which is illustrative of his suburban stories in which John relates individuals living by using symbolize themes such as Pool, highway, character Needy, suburbia and foreshadowing. How these symbolizes used by John Cheever to narrate his story summarize the realisms, surrealism and humoristic description of suburban life.

I believe the pool is the excavation of water. But in John Cheever’s ‘the swimmer”, the pool is the subversion of the nature which represents the place of characters. Cheever relates his story that the confining nature of the suburbs is inexplicit in the approximation of the pool itself. It is the structure by which the water, the most important natural of all earthly and an essential of life is set for activities or leisure. John Cheever considers in story, the life of in the suburban as a pool of individuals that share same interest of living.

In John Cheever’s story, highway is the swimming pools of his county used by Neddy Merril (369) as a means of transportation back to his house. The author point of view Needy used the pool as highway to travel from neighbor to neighbor. From pool to pool/ He travel through the dark underbody of suburbia, and discover the labor of both his and his community’s lives. The highway is the path that allows Neddy to participating his community’s lives and discovers his own life.

The Character, Needy consider himself to be an adventurer or a pilgrim when he determines and continues as such even if the end of the story and his unusual decision describe near. As Neddy goes into one pool out to another, he considered himself as reborn each time, finding out that the world is not the informal place he at one time comprehended. He considered the word as a complex that...

References: Cheever, J. (1964). Author of “The Swimmer” in Introduction to Fiction Poetry, Drama, and
Writing. X. J. Kennedy. Dana Gioia
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