ex ball player

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In everyone’s life there will be peaks and valleys. What happens when a boy peaks before he has even had the chance to be a man? Can he be content to live in his remembrances of the past even though he seemingly has no future? John Updike’s poem, Ex-Basketball Player, suggests that whether happy or not, both the man and the town he lives in need those remembrances. They need them so much, …

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…to him and content to live his life through the glory of his past. Is he happy? The poem suggests that he realizes his circumstances are less than ideal, but Flick seems content to exist in the present but live in the past. For better or worse, Flick will never be a “gas station attendant,” no matter how long that is his actual position. For better or worse, Flick will always be an ex-basketball player.