• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In Leon Edels short story The Eternal Footman Snickers, the language of the story exposes Myras ambition to forever remain a part of history.

Extracts from this document...


By Neel Patel The Desire to Attain Uniqueness in a Monochrome World Leads to Desolation In Leon Edel?s short story ?The Eternal Footman Snickers?, the language of the story exposes Myra?s ambition to forever remain a part of history. By exposing such an ambition, the story critiques individuals who want to feel unique in a monochrome world; in an attempt to become immortal, they lose their potential to experience the wonderful world around them. The story beings with the line ?COCKTAILS?turn over the layers of one?s consciousness,?(1) which foreshadows that the story is about Myra?s journey into her inner mind. Using the third-person omniscient point of view, the narrative is able to convey the sense of insanity presented by the protagonist. The dull tone of the story amplifies Myra?s state of depression and suggests that her book is the cause of her problems. Myra?s attempt to switch from writing poetry to a novel represents her desire to achieve something even greater than what she already had in hopes of being remembered. ...read more.


The ant also symbolizes the lack of an individual?s identity. The individuality of ants is lost in their numbers and their common goal of reproducing. For this reason, Myra dreads the monochrome life, where ?men and women sprawling in the streets; puppy dogs in parks; housewives in their kitchens; lovers in their beds??(2) Everyone around her seems to be enjoying a conventional life while she is depressed over her lack of ability to finish her book. This displays the extent to which she wants to be memorable. Instead of appreciating life, she is too busy thinking about what will happen after her death. Myra?s insanity lies in her ability to destroy the book. The ant further symbolizes the devaluation of Myra?s novel. The fact that ?she would tear them up at once?? (2) conveys how significant she thinks the unfinished book is. She feels that it is better to destroy the book herself than to have ?publishers utilizing bits for publicity.? (2) ...read more.


George Eliot?s ?earnest gaze? [and her] manner superior? (2) were also reflected upon Myra; illustrated by her ?arrogant eyes.?(1) Both of these authors share many common characteristics. They both are described as arrogant and searching for recognition. Also, they both have the need to feel superior to others and this is what fuels their motivation as authors. The story suggests that individuals who are so embedded in their personal goals do not have time to enjoy the simplicity of life. 3 In conclusion, Myra?s desire to become immortal through her literature prevents her from living life to its fullest potential. She wants to be unique in a monochrome world and her ambition drives her to insanity and depression. The story suggests that a part of being human is actually accepting that death can come at any moment and that there is nothing that an individual can do to immortalize themselves. Sooner or later, a time will come when individuals are forgotten despite their countless efforts to stay remembered in the world. Instead of worrying about time after death, an individual should live life to their fullest potential. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    Emotionally, each of these characters died in a "holy place" by remaining in the hearts of people who love them. In The English Patient, geography is transcendent; it is the sacredness of love that endures. Reading Reading is recurs throughout the novel in various forms and capacities: Hana reads to

  2. By comparing Mrs Dalloway and the poetry of TS Eliot, define modernism.

    A common theme linking Eliot and Woolf's work is that of ageing. Peter Walsh seems afraid of losing his masculinity; he is constantly seen with a knife in hand, and indeed this is one of the first things Clarissa associates him with.

  1. ‘The Love Song Of J. Alfred. Prufrock’ by T.S Eliot and ‘My Last ...

    `paint must never hope to reproduce the half flush that dies along her throat,' as sexual advances. The Duchess responds politely perceiving this flattery as merely courteous, thus causing the `blush of joy'. The Duke reveals a good deal of his character when he tells us about Fra Pandolf's painting of the Duchess.

  2. Thrill of the Kill Comparative Essay. Imagine being on a deserted island with ...

    'The best sport in the world,' agreed Rainsford. 'For the hunter,' amended Whitney. 'Not for the jaguar.' 'Don't talk rot, Whitney.'" (Connell, 39) Ironically, later on in the story, Rainsford is the one being hunted. His attitude towards hunting changes. He acknowledges that animals feel terror, having "played the fox" (Connell, 54)

  1. An ineffectual venture: Attempting to counter discontentment through infidelity. This sentiment is reflected ...

    When Franz realizes his wife, Marie-Claude, knew about his adultery all along, Sabina breaks off her relationship with Franz. The initial purpose of Franz's infidelity was to escape commitment to Marie-Claude, and after that, the secrecy perpetuated the excitement. Therefore, adultery is only a false attempt at breaking boredom and achieving happiness, as "the first betrayal is irreparable.

  2. Comparing "Educating Rita" and "Pygmalion"You taught me language, and my profit ont / is ...

    (She indicates the window and beyond)" Rita's limited education hasn't prepared her for this kind of work, whereas it comes naturally to Frank. The use of the stage directions which show Rita moving towards the window is symbolic as it acts as a physical barrier between Rita and the world she wants to belong to.

  1. Female characters in "The Kite Runner", "Hamlet" and the short story "A Lot to ...

    He seems to be under the impression that, though women are frail, weak, and delicate, all women deceive and take part in treachery. He does love Ophelia, but in the end, he feels that Ophelia would betray him, as all women do.

  2. Analysis of Peter Pan and The Wonderful Wizard of OZ

    He is brave, proud and arrogant, is spoken in several books that people easily forget or things that was until a moment ago.He lives in Neverland, an away place where live more children without parents, fairies, mermaids... He lives with a fairy hidden on a tree because the Capitan Hook wants to catch.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work