Unhappiness and Secrecy with Beattie

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Unhappiness and Secrecy with Beattie Lord Byron once said , “Sometimes we are less unhappy in being deceived by those we love, than in being undeceived by them”. Lying , dishonesty, concealment , and deception are all terms synonymous with secrecy. Secrecy is a form of deception both public and private, where people not only lie to themselves but others as well. This deception causes hurt within people, for people only feel tricked, a victim of fraud. This hurt that arises within people is characterized by the feeling of unhappiness. This idea is shown in Ann Beattie her short stories “Janus” and “The Burning House” where characters live in concealment in their everyday lives. Beattie believes that living a personal and public life of secrecy will generate unhappiness. This causes characters within Beattie’s stories to find themselves unsatisfied with their lives and their marriages. No character within Beattie’s novels have found marriage the answer to their happiness, and so “secret liaisons abound in Beattie’s fiction supporting characters with intimacy they cannot find in their more public marriages or cohabitations” (Cannon).People are so desperate to be happy in life , they seek other methods to find happiness; they have affairs and live in secret, but in the end they are only left with unhappiness. Ann Beattie believes that living a private life of concealment leads to unhappiness. This is illustrated in her short story “Janus” where protagonist Andrea is stuck in a world of unhappiness between her husband and her secret lover. Her unhappiness first arises within her almost nonexistent marriage, where Andrea and her husband share no real connection. Their connection is so non-existent that she fails to share even the smallest details of her thought and life. “She was often tempted to come right out and say that she thought the bowl in the living

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