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Thursday, November 25, 2010


Inequality leads into destruction in a relationship. These two stories, Death by Scrabble and The Unicorn in The Garden, show inequality marriages that end bad. Which in these cases, the wives are more dominate. In some culture and religion, husband should be the one who dominates a marriage. Men are born to be leader, but that doesn’t mean he has to dominate the whole marriage. Men and women are having the same right and they are equal to each other.

Usually, inequality comes from lack of respect situation. For an example, if husband respects his wife as well as he should, he would not be rude or mean to his wife. Nowadays, there’s a lot of violence in marriage. It could be from the husband that feels more superior to the wife so he thinks he could do whatever he wants to his wife. There are a lot of wives that disrespect their husbands too. They feel their husbands are not proper enough to be theirs, or they feel they are greater than the husbands. Underestimating husbands, playing dominate, doing what they want to do without caring their husbands, so on.

In these stories, mutual respect is gone. At Death by Scrabble, The Husband and The Wife are so not into couple anymore. They hate each other so much and likely do random things just to piss off their mates. This story ends with the death of The Husband, by his wife. The writer uses scrabble to symbolize the marriage’s condition in this story. The writer shows the condition from the words they choose to play. They are trying to kill each other with Scrabble that’s jinxed. It symbolizes a condition of an inequality marriage. If we hold on into an inequality marriage without fixing it is just the same as killing ourselves slowly.

At The Unicorn in The Garden, The Wife underestimates The Husband. The Husband seems to be fed up then he throws his wife away and lives happily ever after. It shows that The Husband is unhappy living together with his wife. It also shows an inequality marriage.

The Husband in Death by Scrabble is described as pathetic 42-years-old that lives under the pressure of his wife. He grumbles a lot about how sad living a marriage with his wife, but somehow he is too afraid of saying all of those grumbles directly to his wife.

“It’s a hot day and I hate my wife. We’re playing Scrabble. That’s how bad it is. I’m 42 years old, it’s a blistering hot Sunday afternoon and all I can think of to do with my life is to play Scrabble.” (“Death by Scrabble” line 1-3)

“Clack, clack, clack. I hate her. If she wasn’t around I’d be doing something interesting right now.” (“Death by Scrabble” line 8-9)

“For some reasons, I hate her more.” (“Death by Scrabble” line 28)

“This is why I hate my wife.” (“Death by Scrabble” line 31)

“..and I’m going to start hitting her again and again and again.” (Death by Scrabble, line 37)

“I really, really hate her.” (“Death by Scrabble” line 48)

“If only there was some way for me to get rid of her.” (“Death by Scrabble” line 55)

It states that his time with his wife is boring but he can’t do anything about that. If a marriage walks equally, couple can compromise things. The Husband actually can compromise if he hates playing Scrabble. They both can find any other solution that makes they both happy. Also he hates his wife. He keeps repeating how much he hates his wife, and how every little thing she does is annoying in his eyes. He seems to keep the hatred inside but he doesn’t brave enough to show it. Their marriage seems to be controlled by his wife. It’s quite different with The Husband at The Unicorn in The Garden. The Husband in The Unicorn in The Garden may look like a fool from the start by seeing a white unicorn in the garden but at the end he’s the one who fools his wife. Actually, these two men have the same hatred with their wives, but The Husband in The Unicorn in The Garden seems to be smarter than The Husband in Death by Scrabble. The Husband in the Unicorn in The Garden pays his revenge because he really doesn’t like being underestimate. The wife underestimates him and at first The Husband can only keep quiet. It shows an inequality marriage. Underestimating people only comes if one person feels greater than the other. It’s not impossible if person who’s being underestimates hurts but keeps it all inside.

“His wife sat up in bed and looked at him coldly. “You are a booby” she said. “and I am going to have you put in a bobby-hatch.” The man who never liked the words “booby” and “booby-hatch” and who liked them even less on a shining morning when there was a unicorn in the garden thought for a moment “We’ll see about that.” he said.” (“The Unicorn in The Garden” line 9-13)

It’s like revenges. He traps his wife so that his wife is the one who shut in an institution by police and psychiatrist that she herself calls. Situational irony. The Husband seems already fed up with his wife’s attitude. His wife knows how much he hates “booby” and “booby-hatch” but still she calls her husband so.

The Wife, both in The Unicorn in The Garden and Death by Scrabble is seem to be heartlessly don’t care about The Husband. The Wife at Death by Scrabble is described as annoying, mean, boring by The Husband’s point of view. Thou the hatred seems to be equal, seems like The Wife is more dominant on their marriage than The Husband

“My wife sleeps all the time. She slept through an argument our next-neighbours had that resulted in a broken door, a smashed TV and a Teletubby Lala doll with all the stuff coming out. And then she bitched me for being moody the next day from lack of sleep.” (“Death by Scrabble” line 52-54)

“It’s the hottest day for ten years and my wife is turning on the kettle.” (“Death by Scrabble, line 34)

It shows that The Wife is doing what she wants to do without caring about what her husband’s reaction, as she turns on the kettle on the hottest day. The Wife seems to be egoistic and dominate.

Both of these stories end with one who stays and one who kicked out. It shows that inequality marriages really lead to destruction. Lack of respect, underestimating each other, feeling greater than the other, are reasons why there is an inequality in marriage. In marriage, men and women are equal. They should respect each other as same as the others do. No one is greater than the others. Marriage should lead to happiness, not to destruction.

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