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happy endings

There are many differences in Margaret Atwood’s view of how men and women fare in relationships. Atwood’s view of men and women in “Happy Endings” is that they aren’t of equal status. She concludes that men have somewhat of an advantage over women. These days, women are much more into the whole “independent women” scene, and that creates more problems for women themselves. My three most important points are the hardships that women endure, how men and women fare in relationships and how men are more rewarded within a relationship. Atwood’s treatment of gender is unequal in many ways. Atwood’s opinion of women in relationships is that they, in fact, are the chasers. Women are the ones running after the men. At this time, when they do succeed in getting what they want, women aim to please. As shown in Atwood’s “Happy Endings”, a woman would do anything for her man. Regardless to the fact that Mary did not enjoy sex, she still slept with John, just to please him. She got so caught up in love that she killed herself for him. That’s right, in hope that John would show up and save her, Mary downed as many pills as she could find with a bottle of sherry. John never did show up. This goes to show that a woman would die for her man. In another case, Mary was seeing an older, married man named John, but she was in love with a young man named James. One day, Mary and James got together and who would show up but John. John was upset so he killed them both and them himself. In this case, Mary died to be with the man she loved. Atwood believes that women are more often cheated on because they are weak and emotional. Therefore, they more often let things slide by them. Atwood affirms that women endure more hardship than men. Atwood portrays her belief that men hold the advantage in the relationship. One reason is that women, over t...

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