John Cheever Essays

  • What Is The Theme Of The Swimmer By John Cheever

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    In the short story ‘‘The Swimmer’’, written by John Cheever and published in the ‘’The Brigadier’’[1], we follow Neddy (Ned) Merrill through his journey home. While Ned swims home through the pools in his neighbourhood, the people around him change and some are not where they are supposed to be, and his memory fails him. When he finally arrives at his destination, he notices that something is terribly wrong. The main character and protagonist in the story is Neddy Merrill, who decides to go home

  • The Swimmer John Cheever

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    John Cheever Legendary Short-Story Writer John Cheever was a “bestselling, Pulitzer prize-winning author of five novels and some of the most brilliant short stories ever published” (Cooke, 1). He was part of a middle-class family that lived in Massachusetts. Although Cheever went to a private school and was a creative writer, he had a difficult time succeeding academically. He went to Thayer Academy in high school where he was expelled for smoking and bad grades. John Cheever can be compared to

  • ': Symbolism In Reunion' By John Cheever

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    were strangers until they finally got to see each other for the first time in years. However when they started spending time with each other, Charlie and his father found it difficult trying to repair their relationship. In the text ‘Reunion’, John Cheever emphasizes on symbolism, background information, to show the hardships of trying to rebuild a relationship. The author uses symbolism throughout the story to show how difficult it can be to reconstruct a bond. Some hidden aspects of the story

  • Allegory In The Swimmer, By John Cheever

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    . Out of his depth In the short allegory, ‘The Swimmer’ (1968), John Cheever explores the grandeur of the title character, Ned Merrill, a posh middle-aged man on the brink of alcoholism who lives in a world devoid of spiritual meaning and filled with materialism. Throughout the story, Ned’s path or more aptly put, his seemingly journey of self, pool by pool, is one that is indubitably complex – it resonates with the concept of uprooting himself from a semblance of idealized ‘reality’ that he created

  • John Cheever The Swimmer Summary

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    Great Depression of the 30s. As a result, monetary worth was a crucial factor in determining one’s worth besides smaller factors like contribution to wartime efforts. This can be illustrated by an excerpt from the short story, “The Swimmer” by John Cheever. In the story, the protagonist swims through different pools in an attempt to characterize suburban lifestyle. In the process, he reaches the Biswangers’ pool and remembers that he didn’t socialize with them a lot, because of their social standing

  • Archetypal Criticism In John Cheever's The Swimmer

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    humans, humans. Set on a midsummer Sunday afternoon, the “The Swimmer”, by John Cheever, follows the journey of Neddy Merrill, who decides to get home by swimming across numerous pools in Bullet Park, the suburban neighborhood where he and his family reside. Neddy contributed the name of this route “Lucinda” after his wife (Cheever 2). Neddy’s journey home starts off positively as he “find[s] friends along the way” (Cheever 2) through socializing along the way, but around halfway through his route

  • Hidden Messages In Carpenter's They Live

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    had to hit hard, as they stumbled around the ring like drunkards. Blindfolding illustrates the point most that people just as the whites in the story may have little knowledge about a person, but in still throw blows i.e. form bias against them. John Cheever 's "The Swimmer." The author uses the character Neddy Merill to illustrate the hidden theme of the inevitable passage of time and the consequences of one’s actions. Merill angered by the suburbanites who lazy around the Weshazy pool decides to

  • Private Information In John Cheever's The Enormous Radio

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    people have through the internet. In “The Enormous Radio” Irene gets traumatized from the information she learns about her neighbors. "Oh, it's so horrible, it's so dreadful," Irene was sobbing. "I've been listening all day, and it's so depressing" (Cheever 5). The information really does a toll on Irene and she begins to stress out and second guess her own life. Irene feels guilty for listening to her neighbors conversations. She starts firing questions at Jim about their well-being. She finally calms

  • Characterization In John Cheever's The Swimmer

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    On July 18, 1964, The New Yorker published a short story entitled “The Swimmer” (Wilhite 215). Edited thoroughly and heavily compacted from its original form, “The Swimmer” represents John Cheever 's most acclaimed and recognized work. The protagonist of the famous and momentous short story, Neddy Merrill, undergoes a watery journey of self-exploration, acceptance, and tragedy while swimming in various pools as he makes his way home from a party. Slyly and allegorically, the short story dramatically

  • Metaphors In John Cheever's The Swimmer

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    version, The Swimmer was written by John Cheever, which was first published in 1964 has many complex metaphors throughout the story. A modern adaptation,The Swimmer: Manhattan Edition (written by Carolyn Kormann), that was published in 2014, features a protagonist inspired by Neddy in the original version. The article is filled with hidden metaphors that enhance the quality of the work and gives the reader a good background. The original version, written by Mr Cheever has many subtle metaphors present

  • The Swimmer John Cheever Analysis

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    In “The Swimmer,” John Cheever portrays the declining emotional state of Ned Merrill, a man who lives in a suburban neighborhood with his wife and kids. In the story, Ned decides to go home from his friend’s house by swimming through every pool in the neighborhood, a strange journey on which he interacts with many of his neighbors. In this paper, I will argue that Cheever uses the irony of Ned’s “great adventure” swimming in the neighborhood pools to criticize the stifling suburban lifestyle of the

  • The Swimmer Symbolism

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    John Cheever’s “The Swimmer” is a beautiful, multi layered depiction of a man's unwitting downfall. The story follows Neddy Merrill, a somewhat alcoholic and adventurous man, as he takes a expedition to go home by pool hopping the country. Neddy is the source of his own undoing as he represses years of his life pool by pool and eventually he has to come to terms with his life. Cheever poetically uses symbolism to indirectly show the changing of Neddy, his situation, and the world around him. Neddy

  • Reunion John Cheever Analysis

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    The first text is called "Reunion", the text is a short story. Which is written by the American writer John Cheever, the short story is from 1962 but was later introduced in one of his collection of stories. Which has the name "The stories of John Cheever", John Cheever got 2 prizes in his career, while he died 20 years after, he wrote "reunion. Our second text is called "living with strangers" and is from the writer Siri Hustvedt, her essay was published in 2002, Siri Hustvedt is also from America

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty Poem Analysis

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    In the poem, “The Road Not Taken,” the short story, “The Reunion, and the novel, The Summer I Turned Pretty authors show how characters come of age through their own actions by making decisions and psychology or emotional revelations. In the poem “the Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, the main character has to decipher two roads. The two roads have different outcomes, eventually chooses the harder path and resulted his/her best decision. The narrator sees a fork in the road. “Two roads diverged

  • The Swimmer Movie Analysis

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    In the short story The Swimmer by John Cheever, and the movie adaptation, Neddy Merrill has the same physical, mental, and emotional journey. However, the movie shows the portrayal of a love interest with his daughters old babysitter, the relationship he has with his daughters, and an argument at the Bizwangers party. Through the short story, Neddy goes from invincible to a fool. Starting as slender, youthful and a man with many friends, Neddy declines to a depressed old man. On the first page,

  • Post Structuralism In The Truman Show

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    Post–structuralism as Storey (2012) suggests it rejects the possibility of a basic structure where the meaning can be secure and ensured. Meaning is always being generated and when people perceive meaning as content it is only a momentary stop, which continue to flow, and produces more meanings (Storey, 2012). Michel Foucault is one of the post-structuralism that this paper will make reference to. This essay is a detailed analysis of the film “The Truman Show” (1998) directed by Peter Weir using

  • Theme Of Greed In The Great Gatsby

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    American novel deals in depth with the theme of Greed as an aspect of human conscience crisis which leads to dilemma, problems, and predicament for human being. Novels such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, Henry James’s Washington Square , Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery, and others expose clear image for the theme of Greed and its implications. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the human predicament of Americans in 1920s

  • Symbolism In Blood Wedding

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    In Lorca’sconflict themed play;Blood Wedding , symbolism is a dominating literature technique that forebodes the significant events that occur. The protagonist of the play, Leonardo, is seen to have a rebellious attitude towards society. The horse is perceived to be a symbol of occurrences that foreshadows his destiny, which is his death caused by his desire to attain individuality in the repressive society he lives in. This is especially prominent in the morbid lullaby sang by his mother and wife

  • Neddy Merrill's Life Exposed In The Swimmer

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    In “The Swimmer” Neddy Merrill does not realize that as he attempts to swim across the county, his life is slipping away. A trip home through neighborhood pools ends up being a journey through many years of Neddy Merrill’s life. He learns that the passing of time is unavoidable, whether or not it is ignored. At the beginning of the story, the storyteller lets us know that Neddy is “far from young,’ yet he does his best to act youthful by sliding down a banister and plunging into a pool. (726)

  • I Smelled My Father John Cheever

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    voice…If it isn’t too much to ask of you—if it wouldn’t be too much above and beyond the call of duty…” (Cheever 124). The quote shows how the author begins to use sarcasm as humor to portray how grotesque Charlie’s father really is. As the story keeps developing Charlie’s dad gets worse: “Kind sir, will you be good enough to favor me with one of your God-damned, no-good, ten-cent afternoon papers?” (Cheever 126). Charlie was close to leaving when the father said the quote above. The grotesque behavior,