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Shvoong Home>Books>Classic Literature>Summary of William Douglas’S “Deep Waters” Review

Summary of William Douglas’S “Deep Waters”

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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          The story, “Deep Waters” tells us how the writer overcame his fear of water and learned swimming with sheer determination and will power. He had developed a terror of water since childhood. When he was three or four years old the writer had gone to California with his father. One day on the beach, the waves knocked the child down and swept over him. The child was terrified but the father who knew there was no harm laughed. The experience bred a permanent fear of water in the child’s sub-conscious mind. Still another incident, more serious, increased his terror. The writer was trying to learn swimming in the Y.M.C.A. swimming pool in Yakima. One day while he was waiting for other boys, a big boy suddenly played a dangerous prank and pushed him into the water. The writer was terribly frightened. He went down nine feet into the water. His lungs were full of the unreleased air. When he reached the bottom, he jumped upward with all his strength. He came up but very slowly. He tried to catch hold of something like a rope but grasped only at water.
            He tried to shout but no sound came out. He went down again. His lungs ached, head throbbed and he grew dizzy. He felt paralyzed with fear. All his limbs were paralyzed. Only the movement of his heart told him that he was alive. Again he tried to jump up. But this time his limbs would not move at all. He looked for ropes, ladders and water wings but all in vain. Then he went down again, the third time. This time all efforts and fear ceased. He was moving towards peaceful death. The writer was in peace. When he came to consciousness, he found himself lying on the side of the pool with the other boys nearby. The terror that he had experienced in the pool never left him. It haunted him for years and years to come. It spoilt many of his expeditions of canoeing, swimming and fishing. It spoilt his pleasures in Maine Lakes, New Hampshire, Deschutes, Columbia and Bumping Lake etc.
            But the writer was determined to conquer his terror. He took help of a swimming instructor to learn swimming. The instructor taught him various actions necessary in swimming part by part. He put his face under water and exhaled and inhaled raising it above water. He practiced it for several weeks. He had to kick with his legs a few weeks on the side of the pool. At last he combined all these actions and made the writer swim. He learned swimming but the terror continued. So deep goes our childhood experiences! So fearful is the fear of fear! Whenever he was in water the terror returned. Hence forward the writer tried to terrorize terror itself. He tried to face the new challenge. When terror came, he confronted it by asking it sarcastically as to what it can really do to him? He plunged into the water as if to defy the fear. Once he took courage the terror vanquished. He faced the challenge deliberately in various places like the Warm Lake. He conquered it at last.
            The experiences of the writer throw some important lights on certain aspects of life. Experiences of pain or pleasure in childhood remain in the sub-conscious mind and influence our feelings later too. The fear of water acted on the writer in that way. Even after being an expert in swimming, the writer felt terror. There was no reason at all. Once he took courage, the fear vanished. That shows most of our fears are baseless. Fear creates dangers where there is none. The writer’s experiences further confirm the proverbial truth, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”
Published: April 28, 2011   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    "All we have to fear is fear itself" give meaning of the quote in context to the lesson 'Deep Water'? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    WHY AUTHOR RECOUNTS HIS CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE?? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    i cant not understand..the chapter ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    tat's coz u donno english Thursday, February 27, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    deep water theme View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    message of this story ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    we should overcome our fear and have to face the futuristic challanges deliberately with determination, will power and hard work. Friday, April 18, 2014
  1. Answer  :    in death there is peace,and there is terror only in fear of death.hence"WILL TO LIVE IS STRONGER THAN FEAR OF DEATH" Thursday, February 27, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    series of emotion faced faced by douglas experienced when he was thrown into water ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    several emotions were there on his face when he was throwed into the water.He felt suffocated and wanted to shout but he could not and he tried many ways of getting but the water almost entered into his mouth and nose and then he thought that was the end if him because nobody came for help and then when somebody suddenly pulled he could breath and felt relived. Saturday, January 18, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    message of this story ??? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    it is easy to conquer our terror by firm determination,undettered single mindedness and relentless efforts.moreover brooding over the past saps out all the confidence of an individual. Perservance can help us, not only take up challenges of destiny but also to defeat nefarious designs. Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  1. Answer  :    nothing is impossible. It may be as strong as a fear which got entrenched in the sub conscious mind in childhood but if one truly wants to overcome and give it a defeat, one definitely can. Sunday, December 08, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    in death there is peace.there is terror only in the fear of death.discuss it. ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    it means that death is easy, there is no stress, no hardship no worries when your dead. your at peace with nothing to worry about while living is harder because you have to face your fears and worries every day. Every day is a challenge within itself and there are many unseen obstucles but when your dead you dont have to worry about that anymore Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    nice,thanks for the summary........ View All
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  1. 1. umair ahmed

    hii

    this summary of William Douglas’S “Deep Waters” is very well explained . i request to all viewers to read this because it is very well explained..

    0 Rating Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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