Essay about The Swimmer By John Cheever

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Neddy Merrill is embarking on a journey swimming pools cross-country from his distance neighbor’s house to his house. He and his suburban cohorts often use alcohol as a mean to assuage their fears and tribulations. As Neddy makes his way to his house, his life slowly changes, yet he is never fully aware of this fact because he is too absorbed in his material possessions and quasi relationships. The author, John Cheever, had strong sentiments against the American Middle class, and this ideology comes into play in “The Swimmer” in many different ways. In “The Swimmer,” John Cheever symbolizes the defaults of the American Middle Class caused by overindulgence as the futility, fragility, and ridiculousness of Neddy Merrill’s swimming journey.
To begin with, every aspect of Neddy Merrill’s grand swimming journey is futile, even the beginning. From the beginning, his journey is doomed. For example, even though Neddy’s journey is made to seem grand, he neglects to think about one major flaw: he does not want to be seen in public in his bathing suit, yet he must cross multiple roads on his way traveling the “Lucinda River” to reach his house (Cheever 729). Also, before he even takes off, he is hungover, if not drunk, meaning Merrill is not capable of partaking in such a journey at the moment, making the whole ordeal futile. Another reason or sign that this journey is futile is that Neddy cannot think of any other reason to go on this journey, except for that he simply wants to.…

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