An analysis of
Save as Many as You Ruin
by Simon Van Booy
Whatever we do, we leave traces. An infuriated comment to a stranger can be the last straw that breaks the camel’s bag. A gathering you were not supposed to come to can make you meet the love of your life. And the choice of infidelity can bring a child to life. Every little action has incalculable consequences, which we are rarely able to see through. Everything we do and everywhere we go, we leave footprints that we are not aware of. But when it snows, the trail becomes noticeable. The paths we have chosen to walk in our former life still affect us. But exactly how established are our traces? And can they ever be removed? In the text “Save as Many as You Ruin” written by Simon Van Booy we get introduced to a midlle aged man called Gerard. On his way home from his office he begins to wonder about the footprints people leave in the snow. As this continues he suddenly meets the old love of his life Laurel. He lost her because he had an affair with a woman called Issy who as a result of this got pregnant. Issy abandoned Gerard and his daughter six months after she was born. Four years later she died. Laurel and Gerard quickly find the old connection back and Gerard tells his daughter that he has the feeling that she will move in. Snow has an essential meaning to the text. The snow makes Gerard’s footprints obvious which initiate his reflections about which outcomes his actions and existences has. In the beginning our main character thinks of his footprints as something temporary (p.2, l. 7). He is troubled about how easy his footprints and thereby his posthumous reputation will disappear. In this section of the text the snow and footprints is linked with existentialistic questions. As his chain of thoughts develops, the meaning of his footprints changes. After noticing that the snow is covering everything, the thought of an old movie called “The Invisible Man”, he...
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