Ela Story Summary

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1). Do you think Alix Kates Shulman's marriage agreement is a good idea--why or why not? What do you agree with and what do you disagree with? How does she claim it saved her marriage and her career?
I think the marriage agreement idea is good because it does give a good structure to avoid complications. If you lay it all out and find balance things can be better understood organized, and respected. No one has to feel like a stay at home parent who doesn’t get to live their life and there isn’t any sexism, it provides equality in a marriage. I think it’s a great idea to even everything out between husband and wife so that one person isn’t put at a disadvantage in life. I agree that the contract can be helpful as Shulman showed it was in her marriage. However, I think it’s in some ways to strict and unnatural. It would be annoying to have to write in a log and live by specific dates and times and do everything on a specific schedule every day.
Schulman states that her marriage was saved as both she and her husband felt happier. They could spend more time together and with children and had balanced responsibilities. She no longer had the feeling that a lot of responsibility and household work was being put on her as her dreams were put aside. The agreement have her extra time to handle her personal affairs and dreams and this helped her career. She was able to achieve the things she wanted. She became a writer and published her own books.
2). In Hope Edelman's essay, how does she cope with similar frustrations--in a similar or disimilar way to Shulman?
The way that Edelman and Schulman coped with their marital frustrations were different. Edelman seemed more passive and flexible while Schulman had a more planned, strategic, and direct approach. Schulman basically made a written contract to settle her issues up front. Edelman however, waited for things to get…...

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