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The story Under the Radar by Richard Ford starts out as an innocent tale of a married couple driving to their friend George Nicholsons house for a dinner party On the way to the party Marjorie Stephens wife admits to a brief affair with George Nicholson Stephen stops the car and they are both silent for a very long time During this time the reader only gets to see Stephens point of view of Marjorie which paints an imperfect picture of her He glorifies himself making himself feel important and makes Marjorie seem like less of a person and less of a wife When their silence turns into violence the story takes a grim turn for the worse and Marjorie leaves Stephen stranded in the middle of nowhere to fend for himself This ending leaves much to the unknown and the imagination making the reader feel drawn to feel sympathy for either Stephen or Marjorie The author is suggesting that Stephen continued to glorify himself so much that he looked down on Marjorie and it pushed her to have this affair To do reach out and do something so destructive he would have to see her During the story all signs point to Marjorie being guilty because she knows she did something wrong and Stephen only has negative things to say about her Marjorie did not do anything wrong Stephen was emotionally abusive always looking down on her at the end of the story he even gets physical with her This just shows what kind of person that Stephen is the kind of person who sees his wife through jaded eyes and makes her believe what he thinks of her so much that she is pushed to the edge and she sleeps with another man He always suspected she would resort to this kind of attention getting activity and she does Someones perception of another person can heavily influence that persons actions
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