Happy Endings | Study Guide

Margaret Atwood

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Overview

Author

Margaret Atwood

Year Published

1983

Type

Short Story

Genre

Women's Studies

Perspective and Narrator

"Happy Endings" has a third-person omniscient narrator who occasionally addresses the reader directly in second-person narration.

Tense

The story "Happy Endings" is told in the present tense.

About the Title

Near the conclusion of "Happy Endings," the narrator says there is only one real ending to the story: "John and Mary die. John and Mary die. John and Mary die." This sentiment suggests "happy endings" occur only in fairy tales and not in real life. The happy ending typically associated with the genre of romance—blissful marriage—is a lie; in reality, sexual relationships are much more complex.

Summary

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