The idea of love, connections, and relationships are brought up in a variety of situations throughout life and are perceived differently by everyone. Elizabeth Tallent´? piece, No One´? Mystery, and Margaret Atwood’s, Happy Endings bring forward and express the different ways love can be found in various circumstances and highlight the outcomes that can follow. These stories when taken together, suggest that love is a different experience for every individual.
It may start off good, it may start off bad; it may end good, it may end bad. Sometimes, it may not even be mutual. Regardless love is love and everyone dies in the end. The first point is that love is different for everybody. Happy endings overall themes express how one situation could play out in a variety of ways. In one view the couple is ideally happy the text says, ¨John and Mary fall in love and get married¨ (A page 153).
In another the text states, ¨Mary falls in love with John but John doesn’t fall in love with Mary. He merely uses her body for selfish pleasure and ego gratification¨ (B page 153). And lastly, the third situation between John and Mary plays out as stated, the text says ¨John, who is an older man, falls in love with Mary, and Mary, who is only twenty- two, feels sorry for him because he’s worried about his hair falling out.
She sleeps with him even though she’s not in love with him.¨ (C page 153-154). All of these situations put together show how one situation can be perceived differently between the people in it. In the story No one’s a Mystery, the point that love is different for everyone is proven also.
It’s a love story between two people but the man Jack, has a wife. “When he thought he saw his wifes Cadillac in the distance, coming towards us. He pushed me down onto the dirty floor of the pickup.”(Tallent page 98). It seems as though they are sneaking around because they were hanging out and jack saw his wife’s car so he pushed his mistress down onto the floor. For jack’s wife, she’s in love and married to jack. For jack, he’s married but in love with another woman. For the woman, she’s in love with a married man.
Each feel love, but so differently. One situation perceived differently from each person involved. Another point brought forward is that love is love. Love is an emotion that can’t be easily explained, yet it is affiliated with other growing emotions such as anger, sadness or happiness.
All these emotions are evoked from some type of love. For example, in No One? a Mystery jack says, ¨I just know…´Like I know what you’ll be writing in that diary.
´…Tonight you’ll write, ‘I love Jack. This is my birthday present from him.
I can’t imagine anybody loving anybody more than I love Jack´… In a year you’ll write, ‘I wonder what I ever really saw in Jack. I wonder why I spent so many days just riding around in his pickup. It’s true he taught me some- thing about sex. It’s true there wasn’t ever much else to do in Cheyenne.
‘…In two years you’ll write, ‘I wonder what that old guy’s name was, the one with the curly hair and the filthy dirty pickup truck and time on his hands'” (Tallent, lines 13-21). These lines show the mix of moods and emotions a relationship of love can present over the course of it. Its shows how love had jack feeling and thinking like. In the story Happy Endings, it really shows how love is affiliated with other growing emotions such as anger, sadness or happiness.
This story has about six different possibilities for a love story between two people named John and Mary. The first possibility A “John and Mary fall in love and get married” (Atwood page 153). I’d associate this possibility with happiness because it’s the basic happy life most dreamed of as a child. The second possibility B ” Mary falls in love with John but John doesn’t fall in love with Mary”(Atwood page 153). I’d associate this possibility with sadness because the feelings aren’t mutual. Mary felt love but John didn’t. They was many other possibilities in the story Happy Endings i could go on about but i think the point is proven that love is love, it makes you feel many different ways and is a different experience for every individual. At last, my final point is everyone dies at the end.
In Happy Endings, There are six different possibilities for a love story between two people named John and Mary. The one thing each possibility has is common is the simple fact that eventually, they both die. It even says it in the story, “The only authentic ending is the one provided here: John and Mary die. John and Mary die. John and Mary die.”(Atwood page 153). Its true, John and Mary die despite how their love story plays out. In No one’s a mystery it may not be stated in the story that the characters eventually die but they do.
Everyone does. As i stated, These stories when taken together, suggest that love is a different experience for every individual. It may start off good, it may start off bad; it may end good, it may end bad. Sometimes, it may not even be mutual. Regardless love is love and everyone dies in the end. In both Happy endings and No one’s a mystery, the love story was different. Just like people, love is different for everyone.
Two people may get together and find out their love stories are similar but regardless they are different because every person is different. Everyone is different but we all do have one thing in common, we all die eventually.