John Updike's Ex Basketball-Player

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There are many times in a person’s life where you wish you could go back in time and simply enjoy a moment that you wish you could forever hold on to. For the main character in the poem “Ex basketball-player” that moment or moments came from the game he once loved more than anything, basketball. Throughout the poem the author, John Updike, uses plenty of profound word usage, imagery, and theme to illustrate those moments as well as the main characters former way of life.
One of the ways the author helps us understand the main characters former way of life is through word choice. The main character who’s name is Flick was once a basketball all-star who now works at the gas station on pearl avenue. Throughout the poem his past as a basketball