Brief Analysis: essays
"The Resplendent Quetzal" a short story from Margaret Atwood's Dancing Girls, portrays a married couple, Sarah and Edward, whose marriage has become dysfunctional since their child's death at birth.The death of a child can put extreme pressures on a couple.If neither parent is able to get over such a tragic incident then the unresolved feelings and issues can lead to a relationship that is bound to fail.
Thefirst hint of trouble in this couple's marriage is when Sarah talks about her husband's many hobbies, or as she puts it, obsessions.You get the feeling that the wife resents the fact that her husband spends all of his time on his obsessions."Atfirst Edward's obsessions had fascinated her…but now they merely made her tired…She herself, she thought, had once been of his obsessions" (154).After one reads this you might believe that the wife merely wants her husband to pay more attention to her or spend more time with her, however there is a feeling that there is much more to this issue and that Sarah's resentment of her husband appears to run on a much deeper level.The death of their child has a deep emotional affect on Sarah, but the fact that Edward was not present when the baby dies, has a longer lasting negative affect on the marriage. The wife expresses this when she says,"When she no longer had the child inside her he had lost interest, he had deserted her.This she realized was what she resented most about him.He had left her alone with the corpse, a corpse for which there was no explanation" (167).
The text suggests that Sarah is the one who is always in control, but there is no reasoning as to why she feels the need to be in control.Most of us feel the need to have some control over our lives.Some of us even want to control others. Why is that?Is it because there is some aspect of our lives that w