A Conversation with My Father” and “Happy Endings

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Maria Holmes
Gilchrist
English 102
24 November 2011
“A Conversation with My Father” and “Happy Endings”
Many authors have written stories about life and their opinions of it. Most stories have happy endings while others have more realistic endings. Both Grace Paley’s “A Conversation with My Father” and Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” are two stories that explain the different ways that life can turn out. These two stories are similar in how they describe different scenarios that end differently. These scenarios involve a group of characters that goes through a series of unfortunate events. Both “A Conversation with My Father” and “Happy Endings” describes how life can be unpredictable and irrational, gender dynamics and expectations, and how people should make their own happy endings. The scenarios in both “A Conversation with my Father” and “Happy Endings” contain a series of unfortunate events. This shows how life can be unpredictable and irrational. Both stories have different sets of scenarios, some considered good and some bad. The good scenarios are usually the scenarios that most readers like the most. Those are the scenarios where everything works out and there is a typical happy ending. The bad scenarios are the scenarios that end in death or heartache. “What happens - funny, sad, infuriating - is that the force of story won't be corralled any more than life itself will.”(Smith). The stories “A Conversation with my Father” and “Happy Endings” explains how life cannot be controlled. There are unexpected and inconvenient aspects of life that are inevitable. “It contains the element of luck - we need to believe in that – and shows the weak and vegetarian, if not triumphing over the large and carnivorous, at least escaping from their clutches.”(Athens). Each of the scenarios in “Happy Endings” shows how unpredictable life can be. In some scenarios one of the characters is to blame for what goes wrong. In other scenarios the characters could not...
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