"How I Met my Husband" Book Review by ABCs

"How I Met my Husband"
A look at how Alice Munro challenges her readers with the poignancy of disappointment in her short story "How I Met my Husband".
# 111695 | 1,061 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 28, 2009 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Canadian)

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This paper discusses how Alice Munro's short story "How I Met my Husband" is dependent upon deflating the reader's expectations, just as the central protagonist Edie has her romantic expectations deflated by Chris Watters, the dashing young pilot and flight instructor in the story. The paper also examines how Munro chooses to tell the story in the first person, albeit a retrospective first person voice, so that the reader is forced to look at the world through Edie's naive perspective.

From the Paper:

"The New York Times Book Review, upon the publication of Munro's story as part of Munro's collection Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You noted this sense of reader disappointment provoked by the work. Reflecting upon the secrecy of the narrator, and the fact that her eventual husband the mailman still believes, after many years, that she was waiting for him, not the letter of another man: "This character keeps quiet because the experience is hers, not his [her eventual husband's] or the children's...the author can provoke anger by betraying her character." This suggests that story, at its end, becomes more a tale of the lack of communication between husbands and wives, even though Edie's eventual husband is not a presence in the text until the very end. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Alice Munro--Biography." 2 Aug 2008. http://biography.jrank.org/pages/4619/Munro-Alice-Anne.html
  • "Something I've been meaning to tell you." The New York Times Book Review. 1 Nov 1998. 2 Aug 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/11/01/specials/munro-something.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  • Langlois, Nicole. "Munroe returns to my reading list." London Free Press. 2 Jul 2008. 2 Aug 2008. http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Columnists/Langlois_Nicole/2007/02/08/3558368.html
  • Munroe, Alice. "How I met my husband." Complete e-text. 2 Aug 2008. http://personal.cuaa.edu/~ATS281/literature/readings/munro_met_husband.pdf
  • Sutton, Brian. "Munro's 'How I met my husband." Explicator. Heldref Publications. http://www.colegiobolivar.edu.co/apenglish/Documents/How%20I%20Met%20My%20Husband%20-%20Munro.pdf

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