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Suffering To Live, Evaluating, Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings,” And Theodore Roethke’s “In A Dark Time”.

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For some the meaning of life creates a question, but for others it is a statement to live by. Life is a word with endless possibilities; it is the way life is lived in which unravels a remarkable journey. A journey that is filled with suffering to which one recovers, hunger and thirst to which one seeks to satisfy and blindness to which one seeks to be guided through. Margaret Atwood’s, “Happy Endings” entails a simple yet classic message that allows the reader a choice to a happy ending, by choosing A. She expresses that a happy ending is not what is most significant as it is the journey on the way there where lies the most meaning. Meaning to one’s life is also profound in Theodore Roethke’s, “In a Dark Time”. It becomes clear one must result to suffering in order to really see and reflect on the truth and purpose to their existence. Both works examine this purpose through the suffering ones goes through on their life’s journey.
Regardless of how life is lived, all experience death. In the story, “Happy Endings,” Margaret Atwood gives the reader a choice to a happy ending by selecting A. Other scenario’s are shared but entail a less happy ending. Each scenario looks at a different ways characters, John and Mary have lived their life. Atwood results to saying “The endings are the same however you slice it”. “Happy Endings”. Everyone encounters death, but it is not the destination that matters, because it is the same for everyone. “The only authentic ending is the one presented here: John and Mary die. John and Mary die. John and Mary die”. (Atwood). No matter what lives John and Mary lived, they both die in the end. It is important to live each and every day to the fullest and embrace what happens from the beginning to the end. It is then decisions are made, choices are valued and meaning exists. Atwood...

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