Flick was once the best basketball player in the area. These elements have a great effect on the tone and meaning of the poem. It turns past the high school, his glory days, and halts abruptly at the gas station where he will most likely work for the rest of his life. An old-style gas station Ex-basketball players The Message An analysis of "Ex-Basketball Player" shows that John Updike does an effective job of conveying the possible consequences of failing to acquire valuable skills and knowledge.

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However, after high school he became nothing more than a gas station attendant. During high school he was an excellent basketball player. He set records that many kids are still trying to surpass today. He just ended up selling gas, checking oil, and fixing flats. One is flat Oblong shaped, with no head Flick was a high-school basketball player He was the best of the team He scored three hundred ninety points in He set records that lasted.

The ball always went in the hoop. One observed him score points in a game. The first stanza describes the ex-basketball player, Flick.

This poem contains no rhyming. This poem does not contain a consistent meter. The author uses free verse to write this poem and tell a story. The use of free verse in this poem also allows the author to express his feelings towards the importance of learning a trade and using your potential to make something of yourself. This poem contains specific rhyming devices such as alliteration and onomatopoeia.

The alliteration used was in the second and ninth lines. The words used for onomatopoeia were bucketed, rack, dribbles, and smokes. These uses of sound techniques help enhance the theme by allowing the reader to get a better mindset of the story the poem is telling by reading action terms. The kind of language used in this poem was Colloquial Language. This type of language was a mid range between proper grammar and cursing. The use of this type of language made the main idea of the poem more understandable.

The lack of learning a trade can also be perceived through the use of words that are not used in formal setting.

There were similes, metaphors, and personification used in this poem. The fact that there are five pumps, like five men on a basketball court for each team, also suggests that Flick still views life in terms of basketball. These details verify the notion that Flick did not concentrate on anything other than basketball during his formative years. Not relationships with others, not academics, nor a fallback plan. Just basketball.

Just as he is out of place amongst the pumps, his talent put him out of place amongst his peers. Even though he was admired, Flick was never really a part of the town. His presence was simply ornamental, and continues to be. The theme of this poem is about a high school basketball star that has taken his talent nowhere.

Also, if you do not reach your goals you can end up living an out of place life. The theme that Flick is not necessarily unhappy, but out of place, carries throughout the poem.

It is the entire city, and he is the local hero. Perhaps the town longs for that hero the same way Flick does. But it is not longing for Flick, specifically. What the town, as shown by the narrator, wants is another hero. Flick does not see people, he sees spectators. He does not see gas pumps, he sees opponents, teammates, and athletes. He does not see candy, he sees a high school gymnasium full of admiring fans. It appears to be a very mutual need for recollection.

Flick and his fans are a community isolated from reality, and reality is what matters. The only thing that matters is the fact that Flick pumps gas. To the townspeople, he is a hero. To the rest of the world, he is nothing, if even that. However, the cold reality does not seem to affect Flick very deeply. This poem contained an appropriate title that generated interest and hinted what the poem was about.

The subject of this poem did a great job of depicting what the situation was, who is talking, and under what circumstances. The tone of this poem was very neutral by not saying that the life flick is living is good or bad. With the author not putting his opinion into the poem, it can be interpreted in many different ways. There was an excellent choice of words in this poem.

The metaphors, similes and personification used were striking and convincing.


“Ex-Basketball Player” by John Updike

Nevertheless, while great goals they are, they are not likely. For example, about 1 in 70, people become a major movie star study. Entering the NBA from high school Gerund has a likelihood of 3 in , ehow. Therefore, the great majority are obligated to find something else to pursue. Webb went from a successful high-school basketball star to a gas station attendant. In the first stanza, the poet is describing the town where Flick lives. Updike references trolley tracks which would imply an early 20th century setting.


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