Ex-Basketball Player Poem

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Tiffany Johnson Laura Govia Composition 2 October 10, 2012 Shatter dreams in John Updike’s “Ex-Basketball Player” The title of the poem really tell you what the poem is all about. The speaker tell you what a great basketball player he was and how often he dreamed about his basketball career. The poem tells us about a basketball player who was the best player on his basketball tea, and hold the high school that still has not been beat. “He never learned a trade”(line49) and now he works at “Berth’s Garage” (line 4). The poem implies that Flick was a great basketball and that he was the best in the county and that he hold the county record of scoring the most points. The poem states that ”Once Flick played for the high-school team,…show more content…
While Flick was so focused on doing good and working hard in basketball he did not have time to focus on school and work toward a future in something that would benefit him if something worth to happen and he did not make it in basketball. Flick often sit and reminisce about him playing basketball. “Flick seldom says a word to Mae, just nods Beyond her face toward bright aapplauding tiers of wafers, Nibs, and Juju Beads.” (line 28-30) Flick imagine the candy being a cheering crowd and cheering for him as if he was playing in a game and the crowd cheering for him. “As a gag, he dribbles an inner tube” (line 21) He imagine as he dribbles the inner tube that it is a ball he dribbling down the court. Flick often sit and think about high school and how good of a player he was but the reader never tells you how good he was in school or how his grades were. Throughout the poem the reader tell us how flick uses his surrounding to reminisce and think about his high school days when he use to play basketball and be important and be popular. He not so proud of what he has become and now he results to what he has to
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