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The Mid-life Crisis of Cheevers Neddy and Francis Francis The Country Husband and Neddy The Swimmer both faced a mid-life crisis They live in the same class of society with similar social expectations The difference is Francis confronts his problems and comes out even while Neddy just kept on swimming When Francis arrives at home after surviving a plane crash he is upset that no one will listens to his story He tells his wife that he doesnt like to come home every night to a battlefield 119 but this isnt true because we know that Nine times out of ten Francis would be greeted with affection 117 so he is exaggerating the point to distance himself This is the beginning of his mid-life crisis Our other character Neddy might have been compared to a summers day particularly the last hours of one 87 Right from the beginning of the story we see hints that the Neddy described in the second paragraph is coming to an end He symbolically begins his mid-life crisis when he set out to swim home from the Westerhazys pool to his own Along the way he brushes off the people at the first pool he goes to then isnt recognized at another After that it all goes down hill when he crosses the highway which is his descent to a lower class represented as the public swimming pool Neddy cant explain why he cant turn around and go back or doesnt want too face reality In the public pool he tries to keep his head above water and then moves on from there as he tries to re-enter upper society This is where he is hit with his first taste of the reality that follows Clearly Francis is rebelling against the pretentiousness of Shady Hill When he meets Mrs Wrightson at the train station and he tells her to Paint them black on the inside and shut up
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