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`` Happy Endings `` By Margaret Atwood

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While reading a short story, one should stop to think about what concept the story is trying to tell. Many authors write stories about real life scenarios that could educate individuals about their future. Short stories are written by authors who have their own opinions about life and happy endings. Margaret Atwood, the author of the short story “Happy Endings”, has her own opinion about what she thinks about fairy tales and happily ever after. This idea contributes to a real life scenario about important life events. Atwood emphasizes the idea that happy endings doesn’t exist in today’s society even though fairy tales differ from this. “Happy Endings” is not like any other short story. It begins with a story labeled A, which is supposed to be the ultimate happy ending. It’s about a couple who fall in love, go through multiple events of conflict throughout their lives, and end with them dying. Next, there are mini other stories labeled by B, C, D, E, and F that tell alternative beginnings to the story A. Atwood wrote “Happy Endings” to express the theme of the story that happy endings don’t actually exist. The only practical ending to life is death. No matter what happens at the beginning and middle of life, death is the only ending. Atwood states, “Don’t be deluded by any other endings, they’re all fake, either deliberately fake, with malicious intent to deceive, or just motivated by excessive optimism if not by downright sentimentality” (259). This means he or she
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