Essay - Happy Endings Margaret Atwood's Happy Endings is an Illustration of...


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Happy Endings

Margaret Atwood's Happy Endings is an illustration of the premise that the ending of a story is always ***** same, only the middle matters. This ***** is predicated on ***** fact that ultimately everyone dies, conveniently ignoring the fact that a story need not be carrying through to this ultimate conclusion ***** have relevance.

This contrivance aside, Atwood's point is to focus the reader on the importance ***** understanding how ***** conclusion is reached and why. The six story sketches contained in Happy ***** illustrate vast differences between the beginnings and middles of six stories ***** end the ***** way.

Thus, the ***** stories present differing views of cause and effect. The underlying *****me is that in the absence of love, conflict arises. That ***** is necessary to propel the s*****ry, to make it interesting. For example, Atwood renders A, D ***** E quickly. *****se stories are full of love, and have no particular conflict. The result of th***** lack ***** conflict, as ***** presents *****, is a ***** of *****n interesting story.

***** examples ***** B and C illustrate ***** with *****. The point Atwood makes towards ***** end is ***** it is ***** the actions themselves that are the main point of interest, but the reasons for the actions. The conflict that arises ***** Mary ***** John in B derives from a lack of love on the part of John. ***** heart of the story is not that John does not love Mary, but ***** he does not and why s***** does love him. These questions reach ********** the core of the two characters and ***** ***** key to insight.

With C, there is more conflict, again deriving from a l*****ck of love. Mary ***** ***** in love ***** John and from ***** conflict arises. *****'s motivations are explored somewhat, while Mary's are given only superficial treatment. Indeed, the superficiality of the treatment given to ***** *****s and *****s in story C show that without them, the story is less compelling. While more action happens in ***** than ***** B, it is ***** *****. ***** was focused more on the hows and whys, which helped to drive ***** *****. C focused on *****, at ***** puts it l*****er the 'what', and th***** is why the story in ***** fails to compel.

In using the framework of ***** six plot *****, Atwood further illustrates the point about cause and effect. The F sketch seems completely glossed over ***** the point ***** flippancy, but it serves to illustrate ***** ***** 'what', 'what', ***** of the plot is essentially irrelevant. ***** ***** might seem ***** interesting, she points out, because more things happen, but ********** there is no particular cause or effect. The relati*****ship between John and Mary contains *****, ***** therefore ***** no conflict. The revolutionary *****line ***** to infuse a sense ***** conflict into a story that ***** has none. Therefore, the revolutionary plotline is window dressing, serving merely to d*****tract the ***** from the fact *****

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