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In the short story The Swimmer John Cheever uses symbolism quite often It is used to reveal the theme and show imagery We will reflect on this short story and analyze the symbolism Cheever is most notable for The story takes place in a very wealthy neighborhood where almost everyone has a pool Not your average above ground pool but enormous in-ground pools some fed by streams One hot summer day a man named Neddy Merrill was swimming at the Westerhazys pool Neddy Merrill sat by the green water one hand in it one around a glass of gin 369 He is described as a slender man a man of youth even though he is not young He might be described as a summers day 369 Cheever compares Needy to a summers day to show Needy as a warm sporty person without a care in the worldNeddy decides he is going to try and swim to his house 8 miles away in Bullet Park He feels the string of swimming pools 369 can take him home Making his way home by this uncommon route gave him the feeling that he was a pilgrim an explorer a man with a destiny 370 In no way is he any of these things but he thinks that to make himself feel more interestingOn his was home he knew he would see many friends and didnt want to be slowed down by conversation so he would have to be slick and slip away whenever he got tied up It seems as though everyone was having friends over he was offered many drinks He swam half way home and he already had 4 or 5 He felt tired clean and pleased at the moment to be alone pleased with everything370Along his journey he noticed some strange things going on the Lindleys riding ring was overgrown with grass and the Welchers have moved away Neddy fails to remember them ever leavingWas
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