Essay About the Short Story: Pool by Corey Campbell

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Essay about the short story: Pool by Corey Campbell

The short story “Pool” is about the couple Darla and Jon. The overarching theme in the story is: unhappiness in relationships, and failing marriages which both are very relevant to the society in which we live in. The author (Cory Campbell) is trying to shed some light on how it is being in an unhappy relationship.
The main character Darla is a young woman, and even though we aren’t told her age, based on the quotes: “Darla herself, just older than the couple” and “now they were in year four”, I would conclude that the other couple are in their mid-twenties which I take to mean that she is in her late twenties. Darla doesn’t want kids, which is one of the minor themes in the short
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The story is written in 2009, which is a time where it is very easy to get a divorce, it isn’t like in the olden days where getting a divorce was frowned upon, these days it is very normal to get divorced. It seems like the author is trying to showcase how normal these kinds of dysfunctional relationships are, and how easily people are led into committing adultery. These days it’s hard to find a person who doesn’t know at least one divorced couple
Adultery is also what I believe the end is hinting at, especially with the lines: “for a moment it felt good to be touched by someone else” and “but she pulled him back by his arm and steered him to sit on the bed” both lines implying that Darla and Trevor’s relationship is turning from friends to lovers. Darla also lets go of her “fear” of showcasing her body and lets Trevor see her completely naked body since she doesn’t really care about anything anymore, she has completely given up on her relationship with Jon.
The short story takes place at Mandy and Trevor’s house where they are hosting a pool party. Darla immediately notices that all of their photos are of their baby and there is none of Mandy and Trevor, a lot of the pictures is the same pose just in different sizes, which suggest that they don’t really care for each other and are only staying together for the sake of their baby.
In conclusion: both couples are in unhappy relationships and are barely staying together. The…

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