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Analysis of Alice Munro's "How I Met My Husband"

"All of it is clear to a person who has understanding and right to those who have acquired knowledge." (Proverbs 8:6-9)

Alice Munro gives a good example of the meaning of this in her story "How I Met My Husband". The theme of this story is under certain circumstances people can sometimes be blind to the truth.

The main character, Edie, provides the narration of the story from a first person point of view. She tells her story based on an event from her past. Because she narrates the story the reader is unable to be sure if what she tells of the other characters is completely accurate. Because one does not hear other character's thoughts one could question whether Edie…show more content…

She was very responsible for her age because she took care of the Peebleses' two children and of their house. Yet, she was uneducated and did not know much about love or boys. She told of how she longed for a boyfriend or someone to kiss. Sometimes when you want things bad enough you begin to believe they are true. For example, because Edie really wanted someone to love her, she really believed Chris would send her a letter. However, if she would have examined his prior actions, like how he treated Alice, Edie could have come to the conclusion that there would be no letter.

Another character important in the story was Chris. He was a soldier in the war. Supposedly, he was engaged to Alice but from the way he treated her, one would question it. Also, he was cowardly because he ran away from her rather than telling her how he truly felt, he said, "…A plane can get further than a car". Also, the reader may believe he is running away from his feelings because of something deeper. Maybe the war had injured him emotionally or mentally. These factors will definitely make it hard to discover what is true.

Also, the character of Alice has some interesting meaning to the story. The character of Alice may be modeled after the author Alice Munro because they have shared similar experiences between men. Apparently, the author had been through a divorce and many of the

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One must define a few different things prior to writing a thesis. First, one must define what the focus of the essay will be (essentially, what will the point of the essay be?). Second, one must define what mode of rhetoric (type of essay) will best suit the purpose, or point, of the essay. For example, is the essayist comparing and contrasting, stating a cause and effect, defining, or persuading? The defining of the type...

One must define a few different things prior to writing a thesis. First, one must define what the focus of the essay will be (essentially, what will the point of the essay be?). Second, one must define what mode of rhetoric (type of essay) will best suit the purpose, or point, of the essay. For example, is the essayist comparing and contrasting, stating a cause and effect, defining, or persuading? The defining of the type of essay will help the essayist define what type of thesis will best suit the purpose and type of essay.

In order to construct a thesis for Alice Munro's "How I Met My Husband,"  one must first define what it is he or she wishes to focus upon. For one, the essayist could focus upon the numerous themes highlighted in the text. By doing so, one could define the success for which each theme is defined (resulting in a cause and effect essay). One could also examine, through a causal chain, the chronological order of events which lead the main character through the text. A final example of an essay's focus would be to persuade the reader that Edie's naive character leads to her own enlightenment. 

A thesis, then, must define the point of the essay and what the essayist intends to prove. For example, if the essayist intends to argue that one decision can change the entire direction a person's life could take, he or she could define a thesis as stating that Edie's choice to dress up and put on makeup pushes her life in a very unexpected direction (illustrating a cause and effect). This simplistic choice marks a change in life greater than simply putting on makeup and nicer clothing. 

Keep in mind that a thesis does three very specific things: 1) it presents the topic; 2) states an opinion (either an assumed or stated opinion); and 3) offers a "blueprint" for the layout of the essay (defining how the essay will progress). Here is an example of a strong thesis (which does not relate to Munro's story). 

Alexander Pope proves that a poet who writes literally using figurative language is better than one who pretends to write and wastes time “practicing” things which mean nothing.

 Here, the topic is Pope and figurative language; the opinion is that literal writing (including figurative language) is better than than wasting time practicing the art of figurative language, and that the "blueprint" will look at both literal use (which is successful) and wasted practice (which is unsuccessful).

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