Dating In Kristen Roupenian's Cat Person

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Relationships, a key aspect of the human experience. Whether romantic, familiar, or platonic, peoples across land and time can relate to the experiences of relating to other people. Familiar and platonic relationships have remained mostly static over time, but the idea of a romantic relationship is relatively new and has evolved over the course of present generations. Grandmothers, for instance, may reminisce to their grandchildren the days when their grandfather was wooing and courting her. Such a process in dating is obsolete today. With the evolution of technology and societal expectations in gender roles, dating has become a different game amongst the two youngest generations. In order to play the new dating game, one must understand its…show more content…
Women readers will especially understand how Margot created an idealized version of Robert, which she thought he found her to be “something precious… a delicate, precious thing he was afraid he might break,” that he was “eager to impress her and that he was vulnerable,” or while trying to convince herself that she could become intimate with him that he had an extreme want for her, and that she “had hurt [his] feelings” by suggesting where they see the movie (Roupenian). It’s not until she’s spent enough time with him to actually get a sense of who he really is that Margot was able to reflect on this idealization when she admits that she hadn’t missed the real Robert, “but the Robert she’d imagined on the other end of all those text messages during break”
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