Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"The Mark on the Wall"...Modest Mouse?

          So, I just found out that the band, Modest Mouse, derived their name from a passage from Virginia Woolf's story, "The Mark on the Wall." The passage that Modest Mouse derived their name from reads as follows: "I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises." Mind= Blown!
          I decided to check out the short story and what I got from it is that it is a short story about an individual who sees a mark on the wall and starts imagining all of the things that it could be. The individual is never certain about what the mark is until the end of the story, when the individual finds out that the mark is a snail. The mark on the wall could be a symbol for life, and the individual not being certain about what the mark is could be the individual not being certain about the meaning of life, until the end, in death. People go through life, every day, questioning the things they encounter and the meaning behind it all, often, just like the individual does with the mark on the wall. Only in the end does the individual figure out what the mark really is, or in terms of life, only in the end, or death, do people find out the meaning of life (or so they say). All I know, is that with life, you just have to go with the flow, or, in the words of Modest Mouse, "Float on!"

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