Essay about Analysis Of `` Happy Endings `` By Margaret Atwood

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Analysis of “Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood
“And will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live.” (King). Do happy endings exist or is the beginning happier than most endings? In “Happy Endings,” each excerpt ends the same, with death. Death and happy endings contradict each other because death is not a happy ending. As you recall, most fairy tales do not end with death. In “Happy Endings,” Margaret Atwood displays that life begins happier than it ends.
In excerpt A, Mary and John have a fantasized relationship, which includes happiness, success, children and few problems. Atwood mentions that everything John and Mary do is “stimulating and challenging” (Atwood). Stimulating, meaning “to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure: incite.”(Stimulating). Challenging, meaning “a summon to engage in contest, as of skill or strength.” (Challenging). Stimulating and Challenging seems to be the key to happiness in their relationship and life. In the end, John and Mary both die. While this excerpt is considered to be the happy ending, it is notable to mention that Atwood does not mention the word “happy” (Gale). Margaret Atwood did not end the story at their retirement, like a fairy tale would. She ended it at their retirement to show what happens at the end.
In excerpt B, Mary loves John, but John does not love her. John uses her and her body for his selfish pleasure. Mary…

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