Essay on The Swimmer By John Cheever

729 Words Oct 7th, 2015 3 Pages
“The Swimmer” by John Cheever is a contemporary short story that shows the reader the predicament of a man that loses his friends, his family, his respect, and his possessions while being obsessed with his hobbies and social persona. Colour is a dominant metaphor featured in the short story. The first metaphor for colour is the colour of the water in the pools or the colour of the “Lucinda River” are symbols for the protagonist’s age and reality catching up with him, and the second metaphor featured in the short story is the changing seasons and weather are seen as symbols for time passing faster and the protagonist’s imminent plight. Both of these metaphors and symbols show how you can have everything in the world and lose it all so quickly.
Of all the metaphors and symbols featured in “The Swimmer”, the colour of the water in the “Lucinda River”, which he named after his wife, that Neddy swims through gradually goes from a light green to a dark sapphire blue, is the most important. The colour of the water is first seen as a shade of light green, which is seen by the protagonist as “to be embraced and sustained by the light green water was less a pleasure” (Cheever, 91). The colour light green and green in general is usually seen as a colour that is vibrant, youthful, and full of life, and as the reader we see at the beginning of the story, Neddy thinks of himself as young and a legendary figure, even though we are told he is far from young (Cheever, 90). As the story…

Related Documents