An Analysis of the Swimmer by John Cheever Essay

1700 Words Feb 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Lea Shontay Wilks
Instructor Lisa Adams
Lit 101 Introduction to Literature (33203.201330)
26 April 2014
An Analysis of "The Swimmer" by John Cheever
Most stories can have an emotional impact on people, but once in a while certain stories can take the reader to the edge of reality. The Swimmer is a fascinating story with primary use of a setting and amazing characters that engages readers and can move them to experience life in an unfathomable way. Cheever was born May 27, 1912, in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Frederick Lincoln Cheever and Mary Liley Cheever. His father owned a shoe factory until it was lost in the Great Depression of the 1930s. His mother, an English-woman who emigrated with her parents, supported her husband and their
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Within the plot of this story there is an exposition, rise to action, climax, and a fall from action. The character development is the other convention that enables Cheever to write this thought provoking story. The Character stays with you after you have finished reading. The action of the plot is performed by the characters in the story; the people who make something happen or produce an effect”. Cheever uses his character development to enhance the plot in order to bring the reader closer to the emotions of the story. In ‘The Swimmer” both of these elements are vitally interconnected to each other even though the movie was a flop at the box-office.
The Swimmer is about a middle-aged man in suburban Connecticut who appears to be suffering a major nervous breakdown yearning for a golden past that only exist in people’s mind and the movies. New York advertising executive Ned Merrill played by Burt Lancaster feels young, energetic, and happy. Who shows up in the backyard of friends in swim trunks, centered on suburban Connecticut, feeling like an explorer Ned decides to get home by swimming across all the pools in his county. As he make his way through the yards of his neighbor’s he is helping himself to their pool no matter how big or small, he’s joined by his daughters a former babysitter of this community, for a yard or two, while he connects with some people he

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