the swimmer

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Kenneth A. Miner English Comp. 2 Feb. 23 The Truth Hurts 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 …

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…all the lights were out. The garage was locked and the door handle was rusty. He banged on the door but there was no answer, he looked in the window and the place was empty. He should have seen it coming but he obviously didn’t catch on . It seems as though that he had hid the unpleasant realities of life from his mind that he had forgotten the last few years of his life.