John cheever's use of realism and surrealism to explore the suburban america in the novel, the swimmer (3371 words, 9 pages) the swimmer by john cheever is a story about a man, named ned, who decides to swim home via the pools of the county. John william cheever (may 27, 1912 - june 18, 1982) was an american novelist and short story writer he is sometimes called the chekhov of the suburbs his fiction is mostly set in the upper east side of manhattan, the westchester suburbs, old new england villages based on various south shore towns around quincy, massachusetts, where he was born, and italy, especially rome. Released in that ultimate 60s year, 1968, the swimmer was adapted from a 1964 short story by john cheever, of which wikipedia described as highly praised for its blend of realism and surrealism, the thematic exploration of suburban america, especially the relationship between wealth and happiness. Written by john cheever, set in prison, this late novel deals with many of the problems of his own life, such as addiction, family strife, and homosexuality john cheever known for acute depictions of the american suburbs.
English 105i—humanities september 15, 2012 cheever's surrealist swimmer john cheever's short story the swimmer follows middle-aged neddy merrill on his exploration of a wealthy suburban neighborhood. Many literary critics have lauded cheever for his articulate use of both realism and surrealism to capture the thematic explorations of the suburban america (fogelman 465-469) essentially, the relationship between happiness and wealth is concisely elevated through cheever's use of symbolism and myth. The swimmer, a short story by american author john cheever, was originally published in the new yorker on july 18, 1964, and then in the 1964 short story collection the brigadier and the golf widow.
In the swimmer by john cheever, the main character neddy merrill is introduced at a social gathering at a friend's house with his wife while their children are at home the story is set in suburbia which, during the time period, was a new emergence in american society and had become a symbol of status. John cheever's, the swimmer, is a short story that is highly praised for its blend of realism and surrealism cheever conducts a thematic exploration of suburban america and focuses on the relationship between wealth and happiness the central theme of the story is a life that focuses on material. The swimmer, a short story by american author john cheever, was originally published in the new yorker on july 18, 1964,  and then in the 1964 short story collection the brigadier and the golf widow it was later collected in the stories of john cheever in 1968, the swimmer was adapted into.
Surrealism vs realism in the swimmer, by john cheever - john cheever uniquely crafted the story the swimmer by using a mix of surrealism and realism throughout the story most people when they read the swimmer they have to reevaluate it to comprehend what is happening. A close reading of john cheever's the swimmer, 1 reveals many angles for study, but an emphasis which proves intriguing is the use of color since the swimmer deals primarily and. Burt lancaster in the swimmer drowing in the suburbs the aquatic adventure neddy merrill embarks upon in john cheever's short story the swimmer seems at first to be the light-hearted and innocent idea of a middle-aged man in an affluent community. As published, the story is highly praised for its blend of realism and surrealism, the thematic exploration of suburban america, especially the relationship between wealth and happiness, as well as his use of myth and symbolism.
The swimmer is a short story by american author john cheever, published in 1964 in the short story collection the brigadier and the golf widow the story was turned into a eponymous film starring burt lancaster in 1968. The swimmer john cheever 1964 author biography plot summary characters themes style historical context critical overview criticism sources further reading john cheever's the swimmer was published in 1964 in the short story collection the brigadier and the golf widow.
John cheever representing the flagging of american dream as it dissolves into dissolute luxury of upper-middle class existence imaginative use of farce and mild surrealism built on sold base of realistic description. The swimmer a short story by american author john cheever, published in 1964 in the short story collection the brigadier and the golf widow originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over 150 pages of notes, it is probably cheever's most famous and frequently anthologized story.