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Catabolic Relationships Essay

1293 words - 5 pages

As seen in many stories throughout history, love and relationships have perpetually been complicated. The themes of tragic sacrifices in the relationships of Marc Antony and Cleopatra, King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and Layla and Majnun are continued in modern literature. Sacrifice is a theme that has, and forever will be prevalent in literature because it is an admirable deed, yet requires a perfect balance. Careful analysis of the relationships in the post-modern short stories Coda by Will Boast, How We Handle Pain by Evan James Roskos, and Okeechobee by Claudia Zuluaga, produces a rich understanding of the universal truth that relationships require not just sacrifice, but harmonious immolation.
When introduced in Will Boast’s short story, Coda, Tim and Kate’s relationship has already failed. The couple dated for years and got engaged, but eventually called off the engagement. As the story progresses, Tim reflects on both the merit of the relationship and the cause of its failure. After breaking into Kate’s apartment, Tim searches for and finds his old engagement ring. He gazes at the gold symbol of unending love, and then sees a picture of him and Kate beside it. “I was looking straight into the camera, but Kate was turned to me with a shy smile on her face. My favorite picture of her. You could see she was in love” (Boast 4). Even after six months of separation, Tim thirsts for his lost love. Though he recognizes the chaotic, uncooperative environment, in which the relationship was nourished. Kate is a lawyer and Tim is a musician, leading them to live, “disjointed lives, but for a long time that didn’t matter. Kate would leave the apartment at seven every morning, eager to make an impression at her new practice. At noon I got up to teach my lessons, then went straight to a gig [...] Being with her was like a circuit connecting and Lighting everything up” (Boast 4). Unfortunately, the disconnection while they were apart for so many hours of the day did matter, the circuit shorted, and their relationship began to deteriorate. “We argued about who did the groceries, the laundry, who paid the lion’s share of the rent-she did, and I hated that […] I resented her for making me feel irrelevant and powerless” (Boast 5). Neither of the lovers were willing to give up their lifestyle.The inability to set aside time for one another provoked separation. In the instance between Tim and Kate, the necessity of sacrifice is emboldened, in that no action provides no results.
Failed relationships are not only caused by no sacrifice, but by unwilling or uneven sacrifice. In Claudia Zuluanga’s short story Okeechobee, a little girl’s visit to the trailer of her father’s former army friend, Bingo, causes her to begin to understand the stark contrast between her father’s and mother’s former fortune, he wore “clothes [...] too small or too big” (Zuluaga 1) and “she wore white dresses and Mary Janes, and ribbons in her butter yellow hair” (Zuluaga 1). As the...

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