Cat in the Rain" Compared to "Happy Endings

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The two fictional stories I chose to compare and contrast are "Cat in the Rain" by Ernest Hemingway and "Happy Endings" by Margaret Atwood. I believe that these stories both have a solid ground for comparison. Many characteristics of the plot, character background, character actions, setting, and theme are comparable. An examination of the female character in both stories shows the female characters need for affection. People can take things very far when they yearn for affection. The degree that the person who wants affection is denied also correlates with how far they will go in search of this affection. Although in the story "Happy Endings" the Woman's character actions change with each segment of the story many of them can be compared with Ernest Hemingway's "Cat in the Rain."

In the story "Cat in the Rain" many inferences can be drawn from the female character about her. Although she is not given a name she is referred to as the "American wife." The American wife is the protagonist of the story. It is interesting how she is the main character of the story but is not given a name. This signifies the Wife's importance to the other character George (her husband). George is very dismissive toward his wife. This leads the wife to have a lonely and almost helpless demeanor. Since the wife is so lonely she identifies with a cat that is caught in the rain outside of her hotel. Quotes throughout the story make her identification with this cat even more evident. "I wanted it so much," she said, "I don't know why I wanted it so much. I wanted that poor kitty. It isn't any fun to be a poor kitty out in the rain."(Hemingway 101). It is very possible that the wife views herself as "a poor kitty out in the rain." It seems that the wife just wants affection, she just wants to be loved. This love and affection is not provided be her husband. When she meets the hotel-keeper and he is interested in her and willing to serve her the wife gets excited. She liked many aspects...
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