The Tall Woman And Her Short Husband Essay

1603 Words Mar 18th, 2016 7 Pages
As human beings, we often think that the only beauty in life is how something/someone looks, when in reality what 's on the inside might be beautiful. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it” (Confucius). “Poor Fish” and “The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband,” relate to this quote from Confucius though society and people’s virtues. In “Poor Fish,” a sad sap of an Italian man meets a maid named Ida, who falls in love with him. The man tries to look strong and brave, but he is put down by a couple at the circus in front of Ida. This, however, doesn 't affect their love for each other. In “The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband,” a tall woman marries a short and wealthy man, but the people in their neighborhood find the relationship weird and interesting. The man loses his job and is taken by the Communists and the tall woman has to live without him for a very long time. In his absence, she becomes very weak and when her husband is finally allowed to return home, she dies. Although both stories convey that the view of beauty in society is often based solely on looks, the couples prove that beauty can also come from the heart.
Contrary to society’s beliefs, true beauty is not based on looks, true beauty comes from the heart. In “Poor Fish,” Moravia wanted to express through his characters how true love can be formed based off more than just looks. He wanted to show that what’s in your heart and how you act as a person can lead to love. “I love you because you have all…

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