Summary of ch deep water

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Summary of chapter- Deep water

The story has been taken from the author’s autobiography- ‘Of Men and Mountains’.
In this piece he tells about his fear of water and how he conquered it by determination and will power.
As a child, when he was 3 or 4 years old, he would go to the beach in California with his father. He would get scared by the might of the huge waves which swept over him and it instilled a fear in his sub – conscious mind.

A few years later, in his eagerness to learn swimming, he joined a swimming pool where an incident further increased his terror. He was pushed into the pool by another boy and experienced death closely.

Many years after that incident, he stayed away from water but the desire to go fishing and swimming in nature was strong enough to motivate him to overcome his fear.

He learned swimming with the help of an instructor who ensured that William knew swimming well enough to be able to swim in huge lakes and waterfalls also.

Still, when he would swim, the fear from his childhood experiences, embedded in his sub-conscious mind would grip him over and over again. He wanted to conquer that fear.

He faced it sarcastically, thinking that now, as he knew how to swim, what harm could it do to him. He challenged his fear in the face of it and finally it would vanish.

It was a baseless fear instilled in his sub-conscious mind. This experience was valuable for him. He had experienced terror and death. He overcame it and finally conquered it.

William realized that death is peaceful and it is the fear of death that is terrorizing. His will to live life grew intensely as he had overcome his fear and started living fearlessly.


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deep water shows how scared of water Douglas had been as a boy. his very first experience was when he First went to the sea beach with his father and a powerful wave swept over him. although the Wave had receded still it left him terrified .but then to overcome fear he made up in his mind to learn swimming. he went to the YMCA pool which was 2 feet at the shadow and the night feet at the deep end.
one day a strong big boy picked him up and threw him Into the deepest part of the pool .he sank to the bottom but he tried to jump and come up gradually . as fear had gripped him all his efforts went in vain. he was nearly drowned. he tried to breathe but swallowed water. he lay there in complete peace without sensation or fear of death. but someone saved him. he was so terrified that the sight of water made him sick .he could not go fishing or canoeing. so to overcome is fear he found an instructor who trained him as a swimmer bit by bit. he was able to overcome his fear completely .this experience of fear at first and then conquering it made his life worth living
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