Literature Criticism on How I Meet My Husband by Alice Munro

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LITERATURE CRITICISM ON HOW I MEET MY HUSBAND by Alice Munro

In literature,criticism is used when we give our opinion or judgment about the good or bad qualities of something or someone, especially books. In my selected text “ How I Meet my Husband” by Alice Munro, the story is about a young girl, Edie, who is hired by Dr. Peebles to work for a higher class family. Edie falls in love with Chris Watters, but soon learns that he is engaged to another woman, Alice Kelling. One day while Alice, Mrs. Peebles and the children were away on a picnic, Edie goes to Chris's campsite to talk with him. He reveals to her that he plans on leaving, but promises to write to her. When the other women are told by the local gossip, Loretta Bird that Chris has left, Alice Kelling verbally abuses Edie under the mistaken impression that Edie and Chris has sex. Mrs. Peebles protects Edie, and Alice leaves too. Edie waits day after day at the mailbox for Chris's letter, which never comes. At the end of the story, Edie tells how she was courted for two years, engaged for another year, and then married to the mailman. This story shows that women are being discriminated by man and this story support the feature of undermines feminism. According to Michael Ryan, 2007, feminism came into being as a school of literary and cultural study in the 1970’s. It is concerned with how women’s live have changed over time and it asked what about women’s experience is different from men’s. For example, Edie as a women has been given a hope by the man, Chris Watters, that he promise to write to her a letter. Edie hope for a caring and concern man that will give her a good life in the future. At the end of it, the result is that Edie married to the mailman after Chris leave her and she start a new relationship with other man, the mailman. This storyline tells us that women’s live have changed over time and it asked what about women’s experience is different from men’s. Some of the feminists stated...
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