The Falling Girl Short Story Analysis

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Beauty is determined by society and their standards. Women are expected to be skinny, pretty and to be a thin size which puts pressure on women. The pressures of society persuade women to go through extreme measures to fit in with society standards. This is evident in the short stories “The Falling girl” and “They’re Not Your Husband” as the main characters are impacted by social expectations, insecurity and peer pressure. Social expectations are a significant component in people’s lives, to the point where people become obsessive over materialistic aspects in life. These expectations create normality for individuals and essentially tell individuals how they should behave. There are different social expectations that are induced for the upper class and the lower class, otherwise known as social status. The two protagonist 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 shows the similarities between the short stories. Marta from “The Falling Girl” was associated as someone of a lower class, she had ambitions of becoming a part of an elite society. Despite all her aspirations in life, she knew that she would never obtain this lifestyle. Marta 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 focused on the unrealistic expectations. In Buzzati’s words, “Within it were
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