Analysis Of The Poem ' Happy Endings ' By Margaret Atwood Essay

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This literary study will focus on the importance of plot resolution as a way to understand or comprehend the core meaning of short stories that are presented in “Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood, “The Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, “”story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. Atwood’s differing endings for a potential storyline are found in the choices that she provides in the A-F ending varieties, which reveals the choices that author’s can follow in firm resolutions, but importantly, the ambiguity of endings that can be chosen. Atwood’s literary expose on “happy endings” defines the parameters of meaning and non-meaning that are also found in Carver’s narrator finally finding the faith to trust Robert when drawing a cathedral onto paper. This is also true of the final words of Chopin’s view of a woman that finds herself liberated from patriarchal marriage, yet only to find her husband has survived, and she suddenly dies. In essence, the necessity of final words defines the importance of plot resolution in the story endings of these stories by Carver, Atwood, and Chopin. Atwood’s satirical expose of story endings defines a story within itself, which can identify the potential for ‘happy’ and ‘unhappy’ endings as apart of plot resolution. For instance, “Happy Endings” defines a variety of story endings ranging from A through F that show a gradually ambiguous and unhappy set of ending that being with A. In ending A, John and Mary fall in love, get married, have children, and remain…

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