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Heartburn Themes

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Themes

Infidelity

Infidelity is a common theme in Heartburn by Nora Ephron. The main plot follows Rachel Samstat as she tries to recover from the news that her husband Mark is in love with another woman. This violation of the boundaries of marriage and their relationship tears the foundation out from under Rachel's world.

Infidelity is defined as a breach of mutual trust in an intimate relationship. The act of infidelity causes feelings of betrayal and hurt. The infidelity can be both physical and emotional. In the case of Rachel, her husband claimed to be in love with Thelma Rice, but that they were not intimate. Though Mark presumably believed that this somehow made his unfailfulness better, it was in fact worse for Rachel. Not only was her husband in love with another woman, but he loved her despite the fact that there was no sex involved.

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