* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Resume

Resume

by Dorothy Parker

Passivity Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

Resume (title)

Entitling this poem "Resume" suggests that the speaker isn't about to advocate for any earth-shattering life changes in the near future.  Nope, she's upholding the status quo. Nothing's going to get any better – but at least things aren't getting any worse. (Want to know more about this?  Check out "What's Up with the Title?")

Quote #2

You might as well live. (line 8)

You can almost hear the sigh in the speaker's voice as she resigns herself to…life.  There's about as much enthusiasm in this resolution as there would be if the speaker were deciding to stay home and do the laundry on a Friday night. Why do you think this is the case?

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement