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Cortney Capoverde ENC 1102 Due: January 16, 2008 The Swimmer As Mr. Neddy Merrill sets off for home on a nice sunny day, we soon learn that things are not as they seem. As Mr. Merrill gets closer to home, we learn that he has put his house up for sale, which he doesn’t remember. In the beginning of his journey, he swims fast, pulls himself out of pools without the ladder, and is warm and happy. It seems that the closer he gets to his “home,” the worse things get. He becomes weaker; therefore he cannot pull himself out of the pool anymore and has to use the ladder, symbolizing his old age and his weakness. The weather also symbolizes how his life is going. It started off such a nice sunny day, but soon it is storming and it’s very cold and windy. Much like how his own life is coming to an end.
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Unformatted text preview: At first, all of his friends he passes are happy to see him. They offer his drinks, they want to talk and they want him to stay. Later on, though, his friends aren’t as nice. They don’t give him a big welcome, and they are mad at him because he owes them money. As well as not remembering borrowing the money, he doesn’t remember his friend’s surgery, and he doesn’t remember that some of his friends have put their house for sale, or that he himself has put his house up for sale. From house to house the colors get less happy and bright. They change from opaque gold water from a stream, to dark water that saddens him. Mr. Merrill realizes at the end of the story that everything everyone else was saying was true, and he begins to cry....
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