My Greatest Ambition by Morris Lurie

The short story ‘My Greatest Ambition’ by Morris Lurie is about Morris Lurie when he was 13 years old and wanted to become a comic-strip artist. After finishing his first comic-stip he sends it to ‘Boy Magazine’ who wants to buy and print it.

The writer describes the excitement and anxiety of the young boy very well. His thoughts and feelings are displayed in a very lively and detailed way. The boy get’s lost in his thoughts or goes off topic. This makes the situation seem very realistic.

I remember writing ‘ambulate’ and saying it was a special way of walking. Do I digress?

It seems nearly like he wrote down his exact thoughts which makes it very easy for the reader to understand his feelings and actions.

Another way in which Morris Lurie expresses how nervous and exited the teenager is, is how he occasionally writes very long sentences which reflect his feelings very well.

For some reason that caught me unawares and I flashed her a blinding smile and kept standing there, wondering what was going to happen next, and then I realised what she had said and I smiled again and turned around and bumped into a chair and sat down and crossed my legs and looked around and then I remembered the shortness of my trousers and quickly uncrossed my legs and sat perfectly straight and still, except for looking at my watch ten times in the next thirty seconds.

This makes the main character seem like a very likeable, empathetic and nice person.

This short story shows how important age in the business world is and that not everything depends on the result but also about other facts, which might seem unimportant. The boy send in a second comic-strip, but after they met him and knew his age, they didn’t want to print it anymore. They stopped taking him serious. It also illustrates the difference between the world of a teenager and a grown-up.

The boys’s father raised some questions in me. He is picking on his son all the time instead of encouraging or even helping his son. I wonder why. Does the father want his son to become something different than a comic-strip artist? Maybe he wants him to follow his footsteps? I think he should take his son more serious.

I like this short story because it is not too hard to read and understand and I also love the lively writing style.

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