Analysis Of Amy 's ' The Cool Girl '

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From childhood, Amy felt the pressures and demands to be the perfect female. Her parents expected her to be the better version of herself of which they created in their Amazing Amy children’s stories. Constantly, she felt as if she couldn’t live up to her fictional self. Continuing into adulthood, she pretended to be a certain type of women so that her husband would love her: the cool girl, the kind of women who is attractive to men because she embodies certain qualities that trigger the attraction in a man. Interestingly enough, Nick didn’t want the “traditional” or “conventional” bride that sat home awaiting her husband’s return. Instead, he wanted a new kind of woman: a woman who didn 't care too much, who gracefully bowed down as soon as she’s was no longer wanted, who made no demands and put up no resistance. He wanted the cool girl that Amy pretended to be. Amy explained in her monologue:

“Cool girl. Men always use that, don 't they? As their defining compliment: ‘she’s a cool girl.’ Cool girl is hot. Cool girl is game. Cool girl fun. Cool girl never gets angry at her man; she only smiles in a chagrin-loving manner and then presents her mouth for fucking… When I met Nick Dunne I knew he wanted “cool girl” and for him I’ll admit I was willing to try. I wax-stripped my pussy raw, I drinked canned beer and watching Adam Sandler movies. I ate cold pizza and remained a size two. I blew him semi-regularly. I lived in the moment, I was fucking game.” - Amy Dunne, Gone
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