n the Swimmer the character (Neddy) swims through several pools on a journey he believes would “enlarge and celebrate its beauty” (251). These pools and the journey he swims symbolize the passing of time and the deterioration of his health. He began his journey feeling as though he was young and strong, “he seemed to have the especial slenderness of youth” (250). He seems to be very content with his life and his friendships. As he was swimming in his own pool the character soaked in the moment “the heat of the sun, the intenseness of his pleasure” (250). But, as Neddy begins his journey swimming from pool to pool he starts to become weak “his arms were lame.
His legs felt rubbery and ached at the joints” (254). Neddy also felt depressed and saw the water as being “dark” (254). Time had passed as Neddy swam from pool to pool and as he visited and spoke with friends they were sorry for him. He arrived to Mrs. Halloran’s pool and she spoke of his “misfortune” (254). He could not remember selling his house or his children’s trouble and thought “he was losing his memory” (254). When he arrived back home as he “staggered with fatigue” (256) the lights were dimmed and no one was home, his house was empty. Neddy had named the chain of pools the “Lucinda River,” which was his way of expressing his long and reliable marriage. Even though ironically, his wife had left while on his journey on the Lucinda River. Neddy faces the consequences of his actions and harsh reality of the passing years for the first time. He ignored invitations and neglected his family and friends even before the journey took place and is left with the realization of his decisions.
Essay about The Swimmer
711 WordsOct 21st, 20133 Pages
The Swimmer by S.J. Butler
Fear is a feeling we all posses. You can be afraid of spiders, heights or maybe even something as common as water. Every human mind is different, and we all have our own fear and struggles. The short story “The Swimmer” (2011), written by S.J. Butler, is a story about a girl´s fear of life and her effort to overcome it. The theme of fear in the story is expressed by the main character´s development. Even the smallest decision, can change you for the rest of your life.
The story takes place in the middle of the nature, by a big river with many trees around it. The weather is extremely warm and everything is very peaceful. The main character is like the nature very hot and calm. In the river the setting is…show more content…
The girl undergoes a development as she changes from being afraid to become more confident on herself. The swan she meets symbolizes the main character. The swan looks calm and still “although, that under the surface it must surely be paddling” (p.4 l.2) just like the girl, who looks normal on the outside, she has a lot to struggle with on the inside. She is confronted with the swan and “there´s nowhere for her to hide.” (p.4 l.86) She now copes with her fear, and the stronger she gets, the more she wants to she wants to swim. She stops carrying about being seen, and she dares to swim closely to the swan, even though “her nan used to tell her a swan could break a man´s arm with its wing” and she stops worrying about “what it could do to her, down in the water” (p.4 ll.80-82). When the swan is trapped, she starts to “untwist the line where the bird bound itself in its struggle”, just like she overcame her fears and struggles and started to swim (p.6 l.152). The swan is finally free from its captivity, and disappears along the river where it never will be seen again. The girl lets go of her anxiety, it disappears from her consciousness and she will never be afraid again.
Like most people the girl in the story struggles to overcome her fear, which she in the end succeeds in conquering. The theme of fear in the story is illustrated in the