Blinded By Love
Everyone can remember what it’s like to be naïve when you’re young. It is easy to think that you already know everything there is to know and if someone contradicts your thoughts, they are the one that is naïve. Edie, the main character in How I Met My Husband, is naïve at her young age and is led to believe she has feelings for a man she really doesn’t know. Many of the characters in this story are so one-sided in their mindset that they are not able to acknowledge what is right under their nose. The characters and the overall plot of this story contribute to the theme that preconceived notions make you oblivious to the reality under your nose. Edie is the most easily blinded by her desires in this story. In the beginning of the story she meets Chris Watters who is the main reason for the veil over her eyes. Edie doesn’t have much experience with boys she admits, “I wasn’t even old enough then to realize how out of the common it is, for a man to say something like that to a woman, or somebody he is treating like a woman” (206). Edie’s surprise at the way she is treated by Chris, especially after she tells him she’s a servant, contributes to masking the reality behind her and Chris’s relationship. When Edie develops strong feelings towards Chris she allows herself to be easily persuaded into kissing him even though when this happens she knows that he is engaged, “…such kindness in his face and lovely kisses…all over, then me kissing back as well as I could” (211). She has this preconceived notion that because Chris is treating her a certain way and obviously doesn’t want to be with his fiancé that he must be genuine about his feelings for her. Even after Chris leaves Edie thinks that he is going to write to her, “It never crossed my mind for a long time a letter might not come. I believed in it coming just like I believed the sun would rise in the morning” (213). At this point Edie is so overcome by her...
Cited: Munroe, Alice. “How I Met My Husband.” Literature: An Introduction to
Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. X. J. Kennedy and Dana
Gioia. 11th ed. New York: Longman, 2010. 202-214. Print.
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