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‘’The Swimmer’’ by John Cheever

The Inevitable Passage of Time Neddy’s journey home through the pools of his neighborhood turns into a journey through many years of his life, showing that the passage of time is inevitable, no matter how much one might ignore it. Neddy has mastered the art of denial. At the beginning of the story, the narrator…

Response to John Cheever’s “Reunion”

John Cheever’s “Reunion” is solely a recall of one of his own memories mainly about a reunion with his father, but the article has a more subtle implication psychologically when it comes to a relationship between a prolonged absent father and an innocent son, who was so looking forward to meeting his father and expected…

The Swimmer by John Cheever

In the short story, The Swimmer, by John Cheever, the main character, Neddy, figures out he has let time slip through his hands and comprehends his true age. Neddy lives in a world of denial about what is really happening in his life. Over many years, Neddy successfully blocks out the “misfortunes” (48) of his…

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Quest motif in John Cheever’s short story ‘The Swimmer’

The destination of any journey is a profound realization of some kind – literally, the realization of one’s goal, metaphorically often a consciousness of one’s reality. For an individual on a mission, a quest – the arrival at the truth is the final destination. The motif of quest has been used diversely in literature from…

The Swimmer by John Cheever

The Swimmer is a short story by John Cheever of Massachusetts. He was born in 1912 and lived until 1982. Cheever won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He did not have a formal education, never having graduated from college. Cheever was a notorious alcoholic and a known homosexual, though not out to…

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