One Day in December Themes & Motifs

Josie Silver
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Romantic Relationships

Romantic relationships have both spoken and unspoken rules to follow. However, there are no rules dictating a successful romantic relationship for Laurie and her contemporaries in the narrative. Laurie’s relationship with Oscar shows that a marriage contract is not strong enough to keep a couple together. When Laurie says that she will not move to Belgium and she does not want Oscar to divide his time between the two places, he says, “We made vows. For better, for worse. We promised each other” (350). Laurie, however, shows that these vows mean nothing to her Even though she is not satisfied with her job and does not like Oscar’s mother, she uses both of them as excuses not to move because she does not want to move to Brussels. She does not view herself in a union where the partner with the better financial potential...

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