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According to divorcerate.org “Fifty percent of marriages in America end in divorce.” (divorcerate.org). Americans believe that divorce is just simply a logical next step in a relationship when things begin to sour, and may times they don’t make an attempt to work through their problems prior to filing. Divorce is not something that people should take lightly, it hurts all the people involved, its reaches going far beyond the two getting the divorce. To find proof of how divorce and bad relationships hurt people look at the film The War of the Roses and the short story “A Jury of her Peers.” These are two stories of relationships that have gone south and end up with at least one person dead. In both stories the woman doesn’t believe she is appreciated enough, and her anger and frustration at her situation are brought out upon her husband. Also, in both of these stories the man believes he is completely innocent of fault. Each of these stories shows how marriages can fail, and how those involved in hurtful relationships have a different ways of dealing with the problems depending on their era. Even though the love in a relationship may be gone, the separation of people should not be taken to the extremes these two stories show.
One of the biggest things that these stories have in common is they both deal with bad relationships. At one point in time both of the couples probably cared very much for one another, and after watching The War of the Roses, it is clear the Roses certainly did. In each relationship, the woman predominantly blames her husband for everything that has gone wrong. In The War of the Roses, Barbara Rose thinks Oliver, her husband, doesn’t appreciate her. She thinks that he doesn’t respect what she does around the house, which is evident when the two are squabbling in front of Barbara’s divorce attorney, and Oliver repeatedly states that although she purchased the items in the house, they were at his suggestion and with his financing. She also…