Futility


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Futility

See also Despair, Frustration.
American Scene, The
portrays Americans as having secured necessities; now looking for amenities. [Am. Lit.: The American Scene]
Babio
performs the useless and supererogatory. [Fr. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 42]
Bellamy, James
character who goes through phases “playboy, war hero” to suicide. [Br. TV: Upstairs, Downstairs]
Canute
king of England demonstrated the limits of his power by commanding waves to stand still in vain. [Eng. Legend: Benét, 165]
Danaides
fifty daughters, forty-nine of whom are condemned to Hades to collect water in sieves. [Rom. Myth.: LLEI, I: 326]
Fall, The
tale of the monotonous life and indifference of modern man. [Fr. Lit.: The Fall]
Grandet, Eugénie
lacking everything but wealth, she is indifferent to life. [Fr. Lit.: Eugenie Grandet, Magill I, 258–260]
Henry, Frederic
loses lover and child; nothing left. [Am. Lit.: A Farewell to Arms]
Moreau, Frederic
law student whose amatory attachments all come to nothing, concludes that existence is futile. [Fr. Lit.: Flaubert A Sentimental Education in Magill I, 876]
“Necklace, The”
having lost a borrowed diamond necklace, M. and Mme. Loisel suffer ten years of privation to purchase a duplicate, then find that the original was paste. [Fr. Lit.: Maupassant “The Necklace”]
Ocnus,
the cord of eaten by ass as quickly as it is made. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 767]
Of Mice and Men
story of George Milton and Lennie Small’s futile dream of having their own farm. [Am. Lit.: Of Mice and Men]
Partington, Dame
tried to turn back tide with mop. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 807]
pearls before swine
Jesus adjures one not to waste best efforts. [N.T.: Matthew 7:6]
Sun Also Rises, The
story of American expatriates living a futile existence in Europe. [Am. Lit.: The Sun Also Rises]
Tobacco Road
tale of Jeeter Lester and other oppressed, degraded lives. [Am. Lit.: Tobacco Road]
Tregeagle
condemned to bail out Dozmary Pool with leaky shell. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 1099]
References in classic literature ?
The girl, realizing the futility of leaping to the ground, chose the remaining alternative and clambered to the top of the upper plane.
Realizing the futility of attempting to catch and chastise Tarzan, Teeka sought to escape him.
Tarzan was coiling his rope the while he lectured Taug on the futility of pitting his poor powers, physical and intellectual, against those of his betters.
Sometimes the word futility comes up in cases where there is a failure to let go, by the medical team or the family.
Increasingly, hospitals are using so-called futility policies to address medical goals that are centered not just on the prospect of mending the organs, but on whether the outcome will actually benefit the patient.
The Galaxy's futility in scoring was the fourth worst in MLS history.
There's something about the way the flags dangle that suggests the futility of the war, but there is a comparable sense of ominous gloom in all of Sonnier's works.
His use of Micaela (who, unlike Carmen, survives to feel the loss of Don Jose and love) emphasizes the essence of passion followed by futility.
Theoretically, I've always paid lip service to the futility of laying up treasure on this earth, all the while compiling a library of music and books that far outstrips what anyone could ever "need" in that regard.
Shelley's poem Ozymandias, with which Richard Cork concluded the first session, encapsulates one aspect of that extended drama: how monuments can heighten a sense of futility or the vainglory of human achievement.
Her home life is not untypical of the many families who did tobacco farming back in the 1940s--marked by poverty, racial unrest, and a kind of hopeless futility mixed with strong religion.
He has authored and/or contributed to eight books including Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, Medical Futility and the Complementary/Alternative Medicine: An Evidenced-Based Approach.