Men and women have been misunderstanding each other for generations -
probably since the beginning of time. Numerous research articles and books have been
written on the subject, with all of them drawing the same conclusion: Men and women
speak different languages.
The couple in the story seemed to have a rather odd relationship. They have
completly different ways of communicating and you can sense the strain between them.
" It tastes like licorice, the girl said and put the glass down." "That's the way with
everything." They both seem to be making small talk because they're avoiding the main
issue. The issue seems to be about an operation that the woman is thinking of getting.
She is uneasy about it, but he keeps telling her it's not a big deal. He tells her that the
problems in their relationship would be solved if she got the operation. I think the
operation is an abortion.
The woman doesn't want to get the abortion but she just wants
to do what will please her man. She really just wants to keep the baby, start a family.
This life appeals to her but the man isn't ready to settle down. "We can go everywhere."
He tries to make her see it his way. They don't see the world in the same way. Each one
wants something different out of life.
I think they fit the stereotypical roles given to a man and a woman. The man is
supposed to have the control in the relationship and the women is supposed to be passive
and go with the flow. In today's society, these gender roles don't necessarily fit. Women
are more likely to take control when need be, whereas back then, all decisions were made
by the man. Back then, chauvinistic behavior...