Love and Habit in “The Girls in their Summer Dresses”


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Essay #: 070318
Total text length is 15,674 characters (approximately 10.8 pages).

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Topic: In some works of literature, childhood and adolescence are portrayed as times of innocence; in other works they are depicted as themes of tribulation and terror. Focusing on Irwin Shaw’s “The Girls in their Summer Dresses,” This essay will represent the habits formed in childhood by Michael as he finds his appreciation for looking at girls in conflict with his new wife’s peace of mind.
Title: Love and Habit in “The Girls in their Summer Dresses”
Thesis: Falling in love with a person means living the fear of that person’s old habits and preferences eventually interfering with the relationship’s closeness and its love.
Thesis Heading: The Complications of Love are built into People from a very young Age
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.....s sometimes gel poorly, and how jealousy can only make worse situations and relationships suffer from the gnawing need to know the most private thoughts and feelings of one’s spouse. It is a story that emphasizes interpersonal realism and dangerous truths that cannot be solved by the normal uses of language.
Warren, Robert Penn. The scope of fiction. New York: Appleton Century Crofts, 1960.
This brief but highly intelligent study brings to light the ways in which Shaw remains within the confines of what he is trying to convey in his story. Warren is fascinated with the non clutter and reveals how Shaw’s story’s lack of superfluous details compound the impact. The distinction between sufficient prose and understatement is helpfully unpacked.