Interpretation "Smile"

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The relationship between the couple is problematic; they have separate 12 times. Once at the convent, the setting of the story, the Mother Superior informs Matthew that his wife is dead. He is not able to contain his new feeling of freedom and exalts his joy by smiling to his wife's dead body right under the nose of the three flabbergasted nuns...
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Matthew then focuses on his self-contempt because he is bounded by social conventions. In the short story "Smile", Matthew realizes that his wife and social conventions have prevented him from being a "man alive" and have condemned him to martyrdom. First of all, Matthew is limited by the social conventions he follows...
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