How I Met My Husband
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
Prof. Megan Pope
May 26, 2012
The story “How I Met My Husband” by Alice Munro is about a young girl named Edie who gets her first job working for Dr. and Mrs. Peebles at their house outside of town. The whole story is told from a first person point of view with Edie being the main character. You can tell this story is told from young Edie’s point of view because when the author writes Edie’s thoughts or actions he uses words such as “I” or “my”. For instance in our text the story reads,” This was my first job—working for Dr. and Mrs. Peebles, who had bought an old house out on the Fifth Line, about five miles out of town.
“ (Clugston, 2010) Alice Munro wrote this story in first person so the reader could really understand the main character’s actions and feelings and therefore you get a better understanding of the story. In the story had been told from a different point of view or from another characters point of view the theme of the story would be much different. In the story Edie meets a pilot named Chris Waters by chance one day when the Peebles are out. Edie falls in love with him only to find out that he is engaged to a woman who ends up staying with the Peebles. You can tell that Edie really likes this man because she is constantly watching the couple together and especially one night when they get home the story reads,” All that happened was that Chris got out on one side and she got out on the other and they walked off separately—him towards the fairgrounds and her towards house. I got back in bed and imagined about me coming home with him, not like that.” (Culgston, 2010) Edie is imagining what it would be like if she was engaged to Chris instead of the other woman. The next day Edie goes over to see Chris and tell him about the picnic that his fiancé went on and end up sharing an intimate moment with him.
This essay is going to talk about three different points: What are the types of effect that the writer can leave on his readers by his story? How important is the writer’s style to make his story access into his readers’ minds? What are the possible ways that the writer could use to make his theme noticed in his story? What are the Different Ways a Story’s Format Affects the Reader’s ...
The fiancé finds out and calls Edie loose and all kinds of names. Chris told Edie before he left that he would send her a letter to tell her where he was so that she could come be with him. Edie’s waits and waits every day right next to the mailbox for that letter. Every day she sees the mail carrier Carmichael but she never really notices him because she is too absorbed in the fact that Chris said he would send for her. Finally she realized that there is never going to be a letter and she stops waiting by the mailbox. She soon discovers that the mailman misses seeing her because he calls and asks her to go out with him. She ends up going out with him and later on she marries him. I think the theme of this story is sometimes we are so desperate to have what we want that we don’t see that what we need is right in front of us or in other words, everything happens for a reason. If Edie had not been so obsessed with getting that letter from Chris she would have never sat at the mailbox every day and met the man who became her husband. Everything that happened to Edie had to happen in order for her to meet the man she was meant to be with. The plot of this story is important because there are so many events that lead up to Edie meeting her husband. Every action led up to that point in the story. The complications in this story for Edie are finding out that Chris was engaged and then kissing him which leads to the climax when Chris’s fiancé finds out which causes a big commotion. The falling action is Edie sitting by the mailbox waiting for the mailman to bring a letter from Chris and the resolution is that the mailman came to fancy Edie and she ended up falling in love with him. This story was one of those stories where you just can’t stop reading cause you want to know what the outcome will be for Edie.
1. R. Wayne Clugston. ENG 125: Journey into Literature (Kindle Locations 3871-3872).
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