An Examination of Intertextuality Between Alice Munros Simons Luck and Margaret Atwoods Happy Endings

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Literary tradition has never been afraid to escape from reality, as exemplified through such texts as Dante's Divine Comedy or Spenser's Faerie Queen. Part of this stems from the fact that humans frequently accept the possibility that if the mind can conceive of a notion, it can exist; another part of this is a psychological tendency of humans to dwell upon or even create past memories and alternate futures.


Whether or not the average reader is familiar with the particulars of the hypothesis, one cannot avoid several decades of literature and culture influenced by these ideas, as they range from the daydreams of Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to the fantastic worlds of C. S. Lewis's Narnia books. The two stories examined in this paper, Alice Munro's "Simon's Luck" and Margaret Atwood's "Happy Endings," couple the form of multiple realities with the human psychology of traditional literature. Reader's need only the latent immersion of the involved concepts that permeate the today's world; their inner empathy and the authors' skill will maintain one's attention. Only through closer examination can the levels of intertextuality begin to be distinguished, compared, and analyzed.
Munro's story has already existed in a different reality, i.e. it was originally published in 1978 under the title "Emily," which perhaps was the narrator's name before she blossomed into this incarnation as Rose. The reason for the name change will be addressed momentarily. Rose's first instance of confusing reality happens when she is accosted by the student at the party. ...
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