The Dinner Party Themes & Motifs

Joshua Ferris
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Marriage and Infidelity

Ferris explores marriage and infidelity in a number of his stories. In The Dinner Party and The Breeze he examines the interactions in marriage during regular events. In The Dinner Party, Amy prepares food while her husband drinks and jokes about her friends. Amy becomes annoyed at his lack of consideration and behaves passively aggressive toward him until he leaves to look for her friends. Amy is upset on his return and cries “as if he were not holding her”(Location 283). This phrase, as well as Amy’s friend telling Amy’s husband that she worries about Amy being alone with him for the rest of her life, explores the idea of loneliness in marriage. Amy feels isolated. She does not have many friends and is devastated when her one friend forgets about her. Ferris is highlighting the importance of not relying on a...

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