My Pool Keeper
The story I chose was Lifeguard by Barbara Scott, I think that I can relate to this story the most out of the 3 I had chosen to read. And it has more meaning to the story then just what’s written. It has more internal problems with the two main characters, Chris and Mike as they both are facing their own family events. The 3 things I chose to speak about were the symbols, theme and my personal connections to/of the story. After the seminar and hearing what other people chose for symbols in the story, I liked the symbolism in the story even though there may not be a lot. I think the pool both holds some meaning for Chris and Mike. The pool to Chris is something that’s been constant for him in his life, even when his father left him and diving has been the main reason he went there so frequently in which he eventually became the lifeguard at the pool. Being at the pool every day for Chris has helped him work hard and do better in diving to prepare for his tryouts for the city team which he really hopes to be a part of. For Mike I think it really lets him escape the reality that his parents are gone for a while, as he’s usually a very happy and bubble person. After the accident he wasn’t that anymore, but he still did his weird thing in the pool. I think it showed that even though he’s quiet right now, he’s going to be alright. When Chris father put his hand up to the glass before he left, it was kind of like a goodbye to me. The putting your hand up on the glass thing has been used a lot in movies as a way of saying goodbye to a loved one, and adding more of a dramatic effect to it. The glass is like an emotional barrier between Chris and his father, he was never really close to Chris and even more so now. He hasn’t seen his father for 6 years and he suddenly appears. I think his father can see that. The theme in this story is facing your problems and pushing through/ loosing people. I think that nowadays it’s...
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