Literary Analysis : Happy Endings, By Margaret Atwood

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“That’s what can be said for plots, which anyway are just one thing after another, a what and a what and a what.” This is a quote from “Happy Endings” written by Margaret Atwood. This quote means that a plot is just one thing after another in a continuous pattern. This sentence stands out to me because it is extremely true and this is the first time I have ever heard anyone say it. That is why this whole story stands out to me, because it does not follow the same principles of a plot, it has its own unique plot. “Happy Endings” is a story made up of several different stories. Each story being a little different from the other except for the ending. Every story begins by telling about two people in a relationship. The couple have their ups and downs, and some live a better life than others but the endings are all the same. In the end, everyone dies. “Happy Endings” breaks all of the rules when it comes to plots. Many stories end with the main character defeating his enemy or finally accomplishing his goal or something that involves a happy ending. This is why this story is unique. In the end of this story, the main characters die. Nothing special happens to them before they die, they just live their life and die. In different stories they die in different ways but they still all end the same. Another thing that is special about “Happy Endings” is each story in the book has an alternate story. Part A in “Happy Endings” correlates with part B and part C correlates with
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