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What is Cheever's attitude toward Neddy in "The Swimmer" and how does the story's point of view showcase it?

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The narrator of “The Swimmer” is omniscient, meaning that the narrator does not have a particular point of view. Still, from the way John Cheever constructed the story, we can surmise the author’s feelings toward his main character, Neddy Merrill, and the world he inhabits.

Cheever plotted the story so that, in the beginning, as Neddy starts his planned journey to swim across all the pools of his county, we see a man who is included and welcomed in high society and offered drinks. As the story continues, people begin to refer to his recent misfortunes. A turning point in “The Swimmer” is when Neddy must swim in a public pool, an experience he finds distasteful and a milieu toward which he feels clear disdain. Once Neddy’s journey takes him back to his wealthy...

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