Happy Endings


Margaret Atwood

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Happy Endings Symbols


Throughout the story, houses are used as a symbol of “happy endings” consisting of romantic success and marriage, a suburban nuclear family, and personal and economic prosperity. In scenario A, one of the staples of…

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James’s Motorcycle

In scenario C, Mary is in love with James, an independent and free-thinking young man with a lust for adventure aided by his possession of a motorcycle. Here, the motorcycle is representative of male…

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