Happy Endings Topics for Further Study
by Margaret Atwood

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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

Write a short piece similar to ‘‘Happy Endings’’ that deals with the ‘‘how’’ and ‘‘why’’ of storytelling as opposed to the ‘‘what.’’

Research the literary concepts of metafiction and postmodernism. Do you think ‘‘Happy Endings’’ falls into either or both of these categories? Explain your answer.

Write a version G for the story that differs significantly from any of the versions Atwood wrote but is still thematically and stylistically related.

Imagine that you were conducting an interview with Atwood after reading this piece. What questions would you ask her? What do you think her answers might be?

Write a rebuttal to Atwood’s assertion that there are no happy endings because all endings end in death.