Happy Endings

by

Margaret Atwood

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Fred Character Analysis

In scenario C, Madge marries Fred after her husband John commits suicide. In scenario D, Fred and Madge brave a tidal wave, while in scenario E, they deal with disease and illness. In each of these scenarios, Fred is basically interchangeable with John, a stock male character in a relationship with a stock female character. While the names might be swapped around, Fred’s character arc is essentially the same as John in each of the scenarios, with the goal always being to end up at A, the so-called “happy ending.”

Fred Quotes in Happy Endings

The Happy Endings quotes below are all either spoken by Fred or refer to Fred. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Sex and Gender Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Virago edition of Happy Endings published in 2001.
Happy Endings Quotes

Yes, but Fred has a bad heart. The rest of the story is about how kind and understanding they both are until Fred dies. Then Madge devotes herself to charity work until the end of A. If you like, it can be “Madge,” “cancer,” “guilty and confused,” and “bird watching.”

Related Characters: Madge, Fred
Page Number: 68
Explanation and Analysis:
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Fred Character Timeline in Happy Endings

The timeline below shows where the character Fred appears in Happy Endings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Sex and Gender Theme Icon
Relationships and Marriage Theme Icon
Storytelling Tropes Theme Icon
Mortality Theme Icon
...and kills them both before committing suicide. His wife, Madge, subsequently marries a man named Fred and proceeds on to the happy ending described in scenario A. (full context)
Relationships and Marriage Theme Icon
Storytelling Tropes Theme Icon
In scenario D, Fred and Madge are happily married, but must deal with a tidal wave swamping the town... (full context)
Relationships and Marriage Theme Icon
Storytelling Tropes Theme Icon
Mortality Theme Icon
In scenario E, Fred and Madge suffer illnesses such as heart disease or cancer, and the story details the... (full context)