Everything you need to understand or teach Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood.
At the beginning of "Happy Endings," John and Mary meet. Each of the six versions of the story that follow present a different scenario of what happens to the couple.
Version A is the "happy ending" story. In this version, John and Mary fall in love. They get married, enjoy their jobs, buy a nice home, and start a family. All in all, they live comfortable, fulfilling lives. Eventually they retire and then die.
In version B, Mary and John have an affair. Although Mary loves John, he has no special feelings for her; instead, he uses her to gratify his needs for sexual and ego fulfillment. Twice a week, John goes to Mary's apartment, where she serves him a home-cooked meal. After dinner, John has sex with Mary and then falls asleep while she cleans up the dishes and fixes herself up. She pretends to love having... View more of the Happy Endings Summary