Analyzing of How I Met My Husband
May 24, 2014
The features of a short story give structure to the storyline providing a fictional narrative of real life situations. How features are utilized in storytelling can contribute to how the reader is affected by the story and the overall understanding behind the story. Point of view and symbols are features that contribute significantly to the overall theme in How I Met My Husband by Alice Munro. An event in Edie’s life as a young teenage girls helps to shape her understanding of finding love in an unexpected manner.
Edie first begins to experience life away from her family structure and norms when she is sent to live with and ...view middle of the document...
During her wait she continues to have casual interactions with the mailman until eventually when she stops waiting for the letter, she was open to see the mailman in a different perspective although he was flirting with her all along and eventually began a dating relationship which turned into marriage with the mailman. The mailbox without the letter from Chris represented no opportunity for a life with Chris, but her mail finally came when she realized the opportunity for love with the mailman “till it came to me one day there were women doing this with their lives, all over. There were women just waiting and waiting by mailboxes for one letter or another (Clugston, 2010 para 200)”. As a young teenage girl, Edie was unable to see or understand how the mailman was attracted to her until her reflection as an adult not responding would have indeed been a missed opportunity to find love.
One would argue that point of view is so limited in storytelling, however the telling of one’s own experience is not limited to the narrator in this view as it is their own feelings, which one cannot argue with. In the end Edie closes the story be stating “I like for people to think what pleases them and makes them happy...