The Swimmer Discussion Questions

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Research the idea of the mythic hero. How does Neddy Merrill resemble the mythic hero? In what ways does he not represent a hero?

Discuss the social and political climate of America in the 1960s. Compare this to the picture of American life presented in "The Swimmer."

Research Sigmund Freud's theories concerning dream interpretation. Based on your findings, examine the importance of various events and items that appear in "The Swimmer."

Analyze the importance of water imagery in "The Swimmer" and other works of literature, for example, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Saul Bellow's Seize the Day. What different kinds of things does water represent in these works?

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