In the poem “The Ex-Basketball player” by John Updike, personification, metaphors, and imagery tone all contribute to the theme of the poem. In the poem, the main character is Flick. Flick, had great talent while he was on the basketball team then later on in life, he ends up working at a gas station. The poet tells the reader about how Flick played basketball. The thing is, Flick doesn't play basketball anymore.
The ball is not able to feel, but Updike uses personification to relay to the reader the connection that Flick seemed to have with basketball. Updike also personifies the Necco wafers, Nibs, and Juju beads, explaining that these candies are the "bright applauding tiers" that Flick now imagines are his fans. Updike uses a single simile in the poem. When the narrator states "His hands were like wild birds", he is comparing the speed, the agility and the freeness of Flicks hands while playing basketball to the freeness of wild birds. The style that Updike chooses for his poem is free verse.
Ever since I was a child I have loved a good challenge; I craved everything from riddles to difficult math problems. Sports, however, were the clear exception. I never could seem to do well. In third grade I had started my basketball career by scoring on my own team's basket, by seventh grade I had progressed to avoiding the ball at all costs. When I got to high school I thought I would finally be done with
John Updike poem “The Ex-Basketball player” is a form free verse poem written in third person narrator about a young man, Flick Webb who still lives in his past rather than moving forward in his life. Flick Webb who was once a great basketball player during his high school years but now he just “sells gas, checks oil, and changes flats.” Flick is an indeed example towards high school students of what not to be. A person should not cling to one important memory in one’s life but should move further and be capable of doing something beyond. Flick Webb in this poem is a role model, especially teenagers, of what not to end up like. Updike uses certain figurative language effectively to lead the reader through Flick’s life- principal road in town that decides his future, lowly job and his menial habits.
Yet the importance of the shot isn’t obvious until Owen’s sacrifice. Once the reasoning for the incessant practicing of the shot is known, the little snippets of foreshadowing throughout the story can all be pieced together. While they are practicing the shot one day, the basketball coach makes a comment in a joking manner relating to using Owen in a game, but Owen says, “IT’S NOT FOR A GAME…” (303), implying that there is some specific purpose for the shot and Owen
The Tortoise and the Hare: College Basketball Style Around 600 BC Aesop described a competition that compared creatures of vastly differing speeds in “The Tortoise and the Hare”. In men’s college basketball every contemporary game highlights the contrasting aspects of this tempo battle and this past seasons game between UVA and Duke, along with classic contests featuring prototypes in tempo control Princeton and Loyola Marymount, truly demonstrate the similarities and differences between the slowdown and up-tempo basketball strategy. Up-tempo and slowdown styles in men’s college basketball have the similar goal of victory but look to achieve it differently. Both employ specialized defensive schemes and offensive sets in attempts to compensate
I think he would buy a basketball because he is interested in basketball as I mentioned before about his unrealistic dream about being a NBA player. I chose this specific basketball because it is a street basketball. The importance that it is a street basketball is that in his book he described the courts as a meeting ground for people everyone would just come and play. I also noted he said everyone would not really play by the rules and things got
We were very excited and a bit nervous because our enemy was class 6/1 who was very good at basketball. Although, everybody shouted "go on, class 6/8". So, I wanted everyone play fairplay. In the last, we were quite sad because we lost 1-2, buy I was happy because everyone played
Lamarion Mothershead #4 Nov2 Two sports game There are many differences and a few similarities between Taking sides McFarland first off difference are they are to different sport taking sides is basketball and McFarland is cross country. Another difference is coach w. is more nice and does team bonding and coach Yesutis is more strict all ways yelling at the team for small mess ups. Next up the similarities they both have both schools have sports team’s seconds they both sports team in California for example one is more up north and one is more in the southern in. conclusion they both got a little more differences then similarities after reading and watching these story’s I think McFarland is the beater story.
Brick walls will appear in any point of one’s life to everyone. It might seem hard to open a hole and go through or jump over it, but there is always a way to do it. I’m not one of the good guys at basketball, but my passion for it never stopped me. My parents never supported me on this, but I always played and got into the team. I was in the bench for almost a year, just getting water for the other players.