Ignorance In Bliss And Marriage À La Mode

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Ignorance is living a comfortable life with eyes shut down, it is a subject that has been depicted in both stories Bliss and Marriage à la Mode that through their ignorance and materialism awful realizations conflicted the main characters. In Bliss where a young married couples lack intimacy and connections whose concerns revolves around their modernity, reality have hit them with a shocking affair. In Marriage à la mode where a life changing decision is being postponed for temporary amusements with friends. Both endings affected the main protagonists in different ways and played a huge role in both stories’ themes. This essay will assess and talk over these two stories’ ending, portrait how it causes effects in the motifs of the themes and …show more content…
Isabel has to decide, she’s in a crossroad and crisis to either write back to William or to go hang out with her friends. She’s torn between choosing friends that offers her the freedom she desires and wants or to be a mother and a wife with responsibilities. “Now was the moment, now she must decide”. This quote was conveyed as if she suffers a tough decision to choose from while the moral thing to do is to write back to her husband but to Isabel it was “too difficult”. This affects two major themes in the story, marriage and how it is not perfect anymore like the title is which translates to “Fashionable Marriage” and how it’s been broken or will be broken by a decision she decided to postpone “later”. The other theme is neglect, she’s neglecting her husband while he’s trying to offer her the freedom she wants to continue being shallow and …show more content…
The ending of Bliss was Bertha’s epiphany and realization of her husband’s affair by a strong symbolism which is a pear tree it also depicts her struggle and questioning herself to what she should do. In Marriage à la mode’s ending Isabel is left a decision to make to either choose to write back to her husband or hang out with her reckless friends by the pool. She chooses her friends, which show her shallowness and inability to be responsible. The ending also presents an irony of how she changed and transformed while denying it at the beginning. Both endings were exquisitely written and have a lot of similarities of both main characters and how they dealt with their realizations with ignorance and materialism and towards their about to fail

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