Dysfunctional Relationships In Richard Ford's Short Story 'Under The Radar'

Superior Essays
Ana Iracheta
Jonathan T. Jones
Composition 1301
September 29, 2017
Dysfunctional Relationships
If we were to look throughout history, we would see many examples in which men have been dominant over woman. Whether it be in marriage, politics, business or religion men have typically been the superior gender in various ways like neglecting women and making them feel less valuable by their actions. Why is that? Because females have been portrayed as delicate and defenseless creatures by males. In relationships that idea causes dissatisfaction and unhappiness between couples which leads to a dysfunctional relationship.
Naturally men tend to be more controlling over woman in relationships. In the short story “Under the Radar” by Richard Ford the author illustrates a young married couple. The author portrays Marjorie as a beautiful, flirty woman and her husband a shy sweet man in a males’ point of view. On a way to a party “Marjorie Reeves told her husband, Steven Reeves, that she had had an affair with George Nicholson (their host) a year ago, but that it was all over now and she had hoped- Steven- would not be mad about it and could go on with life” (Ford). “She looked at Steven once, but having said what she’d said, she kept her hands in her lap and continued to look ahead” (Ford). Marjorie had cheated on him due to the claim that Steven neglects her. Woman
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Chopin lets the reader know that Mrs. Mallard had felt free after hearing about her husband’s death but Hicks wants the reader to understand that the conclusion of Mrs. Millard having a troubled marriage isn’t a definite fact stated in Chopin’s story. Hicks also informs the reader how back then “marriage was considered sacred institution” and “divorce was

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