Happy Endings By Margaret Atwood Essay

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The core idea behind structuralism is that everything exists within a larger system; that all things can be fit into categories within a structure. Michel Foucault took a new look at this concept in his “The Order of Things, Preface”, using the ideas of Jorge Luis Borges, bringing in the notion of otherness, of what “insinuated itself into the empty space, the interstitial blanks separating all these entities from one another” (Foucault 1). Things can be grouped together because of “that and, by that in, by that on whose solidity provides proof of the possibility of juxtaposition” (Foucault 2). If a common ground exists where unlikely entities can meet, then they can be grouped together. However Foucault suggests that this possible meeting does not exist “except in the immaterial sound of the voice pronouncing their enumeration, or on the page describing it” (Foucault 2). Margret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” challenges Foucault’s ideas to some extent. The essence of Atwood’s argument is that it does not matter how things are ordered or categorized, the end result will always remain the same. Foucault, on the other hand, elaborates on the ides of heterotopias as something that “undermines…show more content…
Foucault claims “there is nothing more tentative, nothing more empirical… than the process of establishing an order among things; nothing that demands a sharper eye or a surer, better-articulated language” (Foucault 4). He continues to explain that an untrained eye will group things based solely on “a precise operation and of the application of a preliminary criterion” (Foucault 4). Atwood shares the sentiment that it is those with talent and trained eyes who are able to create a note-worthy order within literature. “True connoisseurs, however, are known to favor the stretch in between, since it’s the hardest part to do anything with” (Atwood
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