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Happy Endings By Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood writes a short story titled “Happy Endings”. The authors choice of words for the title can be misleading because of the contrary of the actually text. The title of the text could seem sort of juvenile if one was judging the complexity of her text from her title. Which goes back to the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, and in this case it would be taken more literal. The first 3 lines of her text are: John and Mary meet. What happens next? If you want a happy ending, try A. (37) This is an unusual tactic that the author uses, given the fact that we aren’t usually granted the option to start reading a book from the middle of the story and yet still able to fully understand the author 's full purpose for writing that book. The words “If you want a Happy Ending, TRY A” invites the reader to explore her text from any point. In my opinion, Ms. Atwood is taunting her readers to explore her text at any point because she has so much confidence in how her piece is put together. This is so effective because it draws the readers in by having the combination of a cliche’ title and the option of free will sets the readers up for a ride that they have no idea of where they are going. In addition, this author’s main purpose is to get the readers to understand that even in a Happy Ending there can be devastating, in which in that case a Happy Ending wouldn’t exist. Most readers probably went in order
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