Weekend: Short Story and Lenore

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In the short story “weekend” by Ann Beattie, there is one main central conflict between the main characters of Lenore and George. This conflict arises from that fact that George and Lenore have a child together, live in the same house, yet they have no apparent relationship. George is always bringing back women to the house in front of Lenore and she hides how it hurts her deep down. George’s character is portrayed as an alcoholic older man who does not seem to care too much about anything that is going on around him. While Lenore is shown to be a “simple” woman who just lets George walk all over her by showing up with younger girls and who rarely shows emotion. Although Lenore is not as simple as she leads on to George, she has a lot of emotion buried inside of her that she does not always show, and her character is a lot more complex after a second glance.

This short story is told in the Third person limited omniscient point of view through eyes of Lenore. This point of view is significant in uncovering the complexities of Lenore’s character. If it were told through the eyes of George, the reader would then believe Lenore to be actually a “simple” woman. However because it is told through Lenore we understand how she is truly feeling about this situation; “Lenore feels that she is like Julie: Julie’s face doesn’t betray emotion, even when she is interested, even when she deeply cares.” (Beattie 37) This lets the reader know that Lenore does care what is going on with George and Sarah and all of the other girls he brings home. That even though she does not show it or talk about it out loud. That she deeply cares what is going on and does not appreciate how George is acting in front of her.

The fact that the story is told through the eyes of Lenore also leaves the reader to wonder what is really going on between George and Sarah behind the scenes. For instance when George and Sarah go on a walk, we have no idea what went on during the walk,...
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