Summary Of The Short Story 'The Falling Girl,TheyRe Not Your Husband'
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Society in a Nutshell
Beauty is determined by society and their standards. Women are told to be skinny, pretty and a size two which puts a lot of pressure on women. The pressures of society allocate women to go through extreme measures to fit in with society standards. This is evident in the short story “The Falling girl” and “They’re Not Your Husband” as the main characters are impacted by social expectations, insecurity and peer pressure.
Social expectations is a significant component in people’s lives, to the point where people become obsessive over materialistic aspects in life. This creates normality for individuals and essentially tell individuals how they should behave. There are different social expectations that are created for the upper class and the lower class, otherwise known as social status. The two characters Marta from “The Falling Girl” and Earl from “They’re Not Your Husband” undergo challenges that they face regarding social expectations and social status, which in turn shows the similarities between the two short stories. Marta from “The Falling Girl” was influenced by the materialistic aspects in life that she failed to realize she had so much time to grow up and opportunities in life, but was blinded by society standards. Marta was identified as someone of lower class, she had dreams and ambitions of being a part of an elite society. Despite all her aspirations in life, she knew that she would never obtain this lifestyle, which ultimately lead downfall as she wanted to be apart of society. In Buzzati words, “Within it were powerful men, and women who were even more powerful … Seeing these things, Marta hopelessly leaned out over the railing and let herself go” (Buzzati 1). The passage in the short story demonstrates how influenced Marta was by the different societal classes around her, that she was inclined to fall off the skyscraper to become a part of society and to ultimately fit in with society. She abandoned everything she had behind to become entertainment to the higher society. In addition, the short story “They’re Not Your Husband” the main protagonist Earl Ober is consumed by the society’s standards, which ultimately destroys his relationship with his wife due to the two