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Happiness in Marriage Marriage is an agreement that individuals make which includes staying together for better or worst However this is not always the case This is true for two short stories Shiloh and The Retreat where two couples find their commitment in unstable grounds In both short stories the married couples have lack of communication the wives are unhappy and the husbands are terrified with the outcome of the situations First a married couple should always communicate with each other They should sit and talk to each other and share their feelings In Shiloh Norma Jean adapted to not having Leroy around so she did not converse with him very much This couple never talked about their lost child As a couple they never discussed about having another child Norma Jean is hurt deep inside that she does not have a child anymore Leroy and Norma Jean failed as a married couple to communicate Instead of talking to his wife about their lost child Leroy spoke to hitchhikers about his grief Obviously he wanted to talk about it but was unable to approach Norma Jean about that subject In The Retreat Shelby became obsessed with his work that he didnt make time to do some bonding with his wife What attracted Georgeann to Shelby was his thuggish ways Now that he is a preacher it has been hard for Georgeann to have fun with her husband In the story Shelby is more concerned with attending the retreat which he has some clues his wife does not want to attend One would expect for Shelby as a preacher to be a family oriented man that lack of communication would be the least of his problem Second both Norma Jean and Georgeann are unhappy with their marriage Norma Jean has some emptiness inside her She lost her only child and didnt spend time with her husband Norma Jean was lonely In order for Norma
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