Amanda Pérez Riesgo 1NA
1.- What is your interpretation of this short story?
I think this story tells the memories of Neddy Merrill, a rich man who seems to have lost everything in his perfect life, above all his youth.
The story starts in the season of summer and it ends in autumn. In my opinion the summer represents his youth and the autumn represents his old age. It compares that period of his life, when he was young, rich, and happy with his family, with his actual situation of poverty and loneliness that made of him an alcoholic.
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represents his experiences, his ambitions, the life style of the rich class he
belonged to, the figure of his wife, and the way he grew old (the pools become
harder to swim) and the way he finally will be left all by himself. Lucinda River
On his adventure he goes through different pools (“Lucinda River”) that belong to his rich friends, where he could enter without any problem and where he was welcome, and also he goes through a public pool in which he would never have thought to be, because he belonged to a high social class and where it was necessary to have proper documentation to enter, and to obey rules for use.
This public pool was very noisy and much water smelled of chlorine. He compared it to the turquoise water of the Bunkers’ pool.
At the end of the story we don’t really know if the protagonist still had a family and still belonged to a higher social class or, on the contrary, he had lost everything and was a homeless person who missed his previous life.
2.- Say which of the two short stories we have read in this book you have liked more and why.
Although I found more difficult to read fluently the first one, I like it more than this.
“The swimmer” it´s a very depressing story, on the contrary, the story of Benjamin Button is more enjoyable, funny, positive and cheerful. “The curious case of Benjamin Button” presents life like something positive and without any problems that a person cannot solve. On the other hand, “The swimmer” falls down easily and it seems hard for him to continue with his life.
I think most of us are like the “swimmer”, influenced by an unreal society which steals our freedom from us. We should think of ourselves choosing freedom in order to become happy.