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Is the ending of Joyce Carol Oates' "The Lady with the Pet Dog" effective? Is the ending of Joyce Carol Oates' "The Lady with the Pet Dog" effective?

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An effective to a story may comprise different sorts of specifics for different sorts of stories. The main requirement for an ending to be "effective" is for it to be consistent with the story as it has been crafted from the beginning. To judge effectiveness, consider things like the following: Does the structure of the story support a given ending? Do the characters act in keeping with their traits and/or development? In light of this definition, I think Oates' ending is effective.

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I agree with #2 in the way that the ending the author has created clearly suggests that Anna is due for another meaningless relationship at some point in the future due to her inability to the way that she depends on others to fulfill her. However, I don't necessarily think that this makes the ending "ineffective." If you are the kind of person that expects a happy ending to your stories, then you will probably consider this ending to be ineffective, but I think this story points towards the way in which it...

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