January 9, 2015
Save as Many as You Ruin
Footprints in the Snow
Gerard has what most people consider to be the “perfect life.” He is a handsome man, has a job, a daughter, and he could be with any woman he wanted to. However, in the short story “Save as Many as You Ruin” Gerard is struggling to find out who he really is and what type of legacy he will leave behind when the time comes for him to pass. I strongly believe that Gerard is a pensive man who dwells too much on the past and it results in him not being able to be happy, but when he finally stops focusing on the past and wondering how extraordinary his life is he encounters a change in luck and starts to realize how wonderful his life can become.
In the beginning of the story, Gerard is walking home from work, in the snow, and is thinking of memorable historical figures from the past. He thinks upon an old physical education teacher, how his biggest wish was for the team was for them to try their hardest and win. Gerard also thinks about how that same physical education teacher ran in the Olympics in 1936, and won a medal. After, Gerard begins to think about Hitler, and how he had the power to influence so many people to do such horrible crimes, such as killing millions of Jews. It is still snowing outside as Gerard thinks about these people, then Gerard begins to think about footprints in the snow, everyone’s footprints and then his own footprints, he thinks how soon they will all just disappear. In this story I think footprints, symbolize a legacy or something memorable that people have done. Gerard thinks about these historical figures because they all did something significant to be recognized, figuratively speaking, they left footprints in the snow. When Gerard thinks about his footprints he thinks they will just disappear and this makes him wonder “if his life is an extraordinary one (Van Booy 9.)” I think when Gerard compares himself to people like his physical education...
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