Society has pondered the differences between man and woman since the
beginning of time. I believe that Mr. Curnutt portrayed the essence of just that. The man
thrives on the power of ownership; "For him it's about power." (Curnutt 113) Where the
woman seeks the security, intimacy, and attention a relationship can provide. "The
attention. That's all it was, is." (109) Men and women are totally different creatures
when it comes to the affairs of the heart. Here we have a man that believes his first
marriage failed simply because he wasn't prepared enough and didn't follow the
appropriate steps. Marriage is a fragile bond between man and woman; a bond that can
be broken with or without preparation.
The male character enters into his first marriage carefree. He relents to his
fiancÃÂ©es demands to be pregnant before they are even we. This is done more out of
passivity than desire.
(102) His weak character and need to please put him in a situation
that neither he nor his ex-wife could handle. The product of his first marriage was a
daughter and an ex-wife. He believes this to be the product of not following the "two-
year plan". (104) Fifteen years later and probably fifteen self help books later he has
convinced himself that he is capable of having a successful marriage that follows the
standard of society.
She is twenty-five, in love and ready to be a wife and a mother, so she thinks.
Many females in their mid to late twenties start to feel obligated to find a husband. They
feel that they will never marry if they aren't married before they hit the big 3-0. The
initial high of being the center of attention with bridal showers, ceremonies, and
honeymoons creates this false sense of euphoria. Then,