`` Happy Endings `` By Margaret Atwood Essay

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“Happy Endings” illustrates Atwood’s boredom for endings and although she believes beginnings are fun to create, to her the “stretch in between” is where the true art of storytelling lies. “So much for endings. Beginnings are always more fun. True connoisseurs, however, are known to favor the stretch in between, since it’s the hardest to do anything with. That’s about all that can be said for plots, which anyway are just one thing after another, a what and a what and a what. Now try How and Why.” (Atwood 931). Many components need to be included when writing a good story and I believe Atwood’s comment about the “stretch in between” being the hardest to accomplish is because the fundamentals of a story lie in the middle and require unique vision and skill to execute.
Atwood alludes that plots are the most obvious element of fiction, it 's simply what happens in the story. In “Happy Endings” we see Atwood use irony to show the importance of an organized plot by writing a short story in which an organized plot doesn’t exist. Although plots can unfold in many different ways Atwood suggests a good plot usually has similar elements; conflict, rising action, climax, falling action., and conclusion. A good example of a story with a well-executed plot is Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”. This short story demonstrates most of these components Atwood advocates in an organized manner that makes the story flow. Baldwin introduces the initial situation when the…

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