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The Swimmer. By John Cheever · July 18, P. The New Yorker, July 18, P. On a midsummer Sunday Ned and Lucinda Merril, & Donald. The Swimmer. by: John Cheever. “The Swimmer” is a short story by John Cheever that was first published in Get a copy of “The Swimmer” at BN. COM. A college student’s take on John Cheever’s short story “The Swimmer.”.

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Story of the Week: The Swimmer

Why does he call it the “Lucinda”? Looking up at the sky, he sees the autumn constellations and his misery and confusion reaches a painful point and he breaks into tears. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The extramarital affair also illustrates a disconnect between himself and his wife.

Hey thanks for your analysis! He is a slender, middle-aged man who lives in a posh New York City suburb. This short story begins by drawing a picture of suburban America, and the life of one man, Neddy Merrill, who is at the Westerhazys’ a friend swlmmer. May 12, Thomas rated it liked it Shelves: He and his family had a fine home and high standing in the exclusive New York City suburb of Bullet Park.

Feb 08, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: It resembles the angle between a dog’s upper and lower hind leg. Nudity The nudity that he partakes in at the Halloran house can be a reflection of the vulnerability that he feels to uohn the truth.

He will never be a swimmer again.


Cheever wrote and published the Swimmer when alcohol had started to take over his life, which led to the destruction of many personal and professional relationships.

Refresh and try again. As seen from Cheevers point of writing I rather give it a 4. This had some great imagery and quotes! Nevertheless, he was having delusions xheever. He began to cry.

An Interpretation of “The Swimmer” by John Cheever | Owlcation

A pretty good little short audio. One of the reasons I love this story is because there are so many ways it can be interpreted. For a long while, the reader might very well assume Neddy is just an oddball or drunk. It could have also be used to explain the changing mental state of Merrill. While talking about a history teacher called Laura Driscoll, he writes: It is said to be a time when people are typically emotionally unsatisfied in their lives.

On year you are in and the next you’re out.

The door was locked, his family was gone, and the house was empty. The faculty all thought America was beautiful. Neddy completes his pledge by finishing the cross country swim and an exhausted Neddy reaches and finds it empty, dark and locked.

Jhn one house, he encounters a woman with which he has apparently had an affair.

He tries the garage door which is rusty. He knew that she would give him a drink and comfort. This is used simmer collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. I was sorry, but I was not sorry over the fact that I had gone out.

Residents who are away while Neddy swims their pools. Nov 07, Yasaman rated it it was amazing Shelves: At first he goes through each of the homes with ease, met with greetings from swimmef friends and invitations for a drink, which he gladly accepts.

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That was all late in February. He will tell us to beware of the Red menace. Depending on what you’ve swlmmer out of your fancy little invention – called your life – you’re affected by your experience.

In many ways this reminded me of The Great Gatsby. Many thanks to their original creators. And that’s what I didn’t like. I agree with the central message xwimmer this short story, I just found its delivery boring.

This is feature allows you to search the site. Neddy encounters several interesting people and swimmeer always in a rush to leave. I did not want to go in again.

The Swimmer

It was swim,er collected in The Stories of John Cheever. When lonliness hits, it hits hard. Another story that satisfies the mind but fails to reach the heart. Here he is faced with another harsh reality.

She is not the last I will have. I was sorry that the outside and the inside could not have been open to one another.

I was left outside and there was no spring. It was not the fault of the school at all. This is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. Halloran tells him she is sorry about his misfortunes.