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There has been times that people have lived the “american dream”, having money, being in love, no problems, having kids, life is just great. However there is also people that suffers financially, having argument multiple times causing stress. This is not the “american dream”. In Margaret Atwood, short story, Happy Endings, story ending B shows a couple who has trouble with trust and true love not just sex. The author explains how the man is not respectful of what the woman does for him, and the woman thinking there is another side to the man, that is much more loving and respectful. This conflict shows the true meaning of each character and connect with the title of the story.

The author, Margaret Atwood titled the story Happy Ending, because in the end of every story the character dies. No matter how they lived their life, in the end they all die. Margaret Atwood supports this by showing the reader in the end of all the story endings the character dies, they also follow story ending A but in the end of story ending A, the character dies, portraying the true ending of life. According to Atwood, Happy Ending, story ending B, it states “She leaves a note for John. She hopes he’ll discover her and get her to the hospital in time and repent and then they can get married, but this fails to happen and she dies. John marries Madge and everything continues as in A.”(page 396, paragraph 8) In story ending A, the author portrays the story as the “american dream”. However, in story ending B, Mary who’s the woman dies but John and another girl named Madge happened to marry each other and continue their lifestyle like in story ending A, but they will die in the end. This is what the author means by Happy Endings, however you live your life, everyone will have the same ending which is death.
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In the story, Happy Endings, there has been some strong and weak characters. In story ending B, it shows various aspect of strong and weak character. John and Mary were the main character in story ending B. John is portrayed as disrespectful, cheating man, and Mary is portrayed as a sensitive, naive woman. John would be a strong character because he dominates Mary. He does what he wants, he does not care about her, he just wants sexual pleasure from Mary. Atwood states “she cooks him dinner, you’ll notice that he doesn’t even consider her worth the price of a dinner out, and after he’s eaten the dinner he fucks her and after that he falls asleep,” ( pg.395, p.p. 5) The author shows the dominant factor of John and the action he shows to prove that. Mary shown to be a weak character, in story ending B, she doesn’t wants to believe that John is a bad guy. Even her friends at work try to help her realize that John is not the right guy for her. But she believes there is another side of John that is nicer. (pg. Pg.395, p.p. 6) This shows the weakness of not believing the truth, being naive and being a slave of John, doing whatever he tells Mary to do.

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The author says ‘don’t be deluded by any other endings,’ (pg.397,p.p. 19). The meaning of this has to do with the endings of all the stories from story ending A to F. Atwood wants the reader to realize that in the end of all stories, death occurs. Death happens always in the end of his or her story. Atwood also states “The only authentic ending is the one provided here: John and Mary die. John and Mary die. John and Mary die.” (pg. 397, p.p. 20) Throughout the story endings, at the ending it states “continues as in A”, in story ending A the characters live a happy life but in the end the characters die. So no matter how the characters live their life, whether it was tragic or not, in the end all the characters die. That is the only realistic ending, death always happens. It can come sooner or later, but it always comes.

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