Happy Endings

Topics: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Black-and-white films Pages: 3 (1201 words) Published: July 16, 2007
‘Till Death Do Us Part
It is a classic story tale fantasy that we all grew up believing in—boy meets girl, they fall in love, and the rest is history. Margaret Atwood's "Happy Endings" quickly shatters that fantasy and turns it into a reality that cannot be ignored. Atwood tells several tales of different types of relationships; the beautiful, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Atwood hits on the nail when she says, "So much for endings. Beginnings are always more fun". In "Happy Endings", the reader can basically create the story they like, although the ending will always remain the same. The story is about John and Mary, and a few unwelcome characters—who are envisioned as the perfect romance. Throughout the different types of relationships that we see between the different scenarios between John and Mary are the true hardships of reality. In "A", we read about John and Mary, who fall in love and live happily ever after—the fantasy that we all wish was a reality, but just does not seem to be. As children and adolescents, we viewed love as Atwood described "A" as the perfect love. It as if Atwood is telling the story as we develop and learn about relationships and love, and the first stage of love is pure oblivion to the reality of it all. The second kind of relationship that Atwood describes in "B" is John using Mary for his own ‘selfish pleasure and ego gratification'. This is describing the relationship I would like to call ‘wanting what you can't have'. Although Mary is quite aware that John does desire her romantically, she cares what he thinks and spoils him with her lust, affection, and attention, hoping that one day John would realize how great of a woman he has in his reach and is letting go. Sadly, Mary's fantasy is crushed when she finds out John is secretly, I am assuming, falling in love with a woman named Madge, who he takes to a restaurant, which hurts Mary because John had never done that for her. Mary's spirit is...

Cited: Davis, Erica. Atwood 's Unhappy Endings. 27 June 2007
Bernardo, Karen. Margaret Atwood. 20 June 2007
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