Endings of Miriam

WARNING: Do not read if you have not yet finished Miriam, this will be a huge spoiler.

The happy ending: What flew out the window seems to have been a mannequin resembling Luther, not Luther himself. Yet somehow, Luther is not to be found. Miriam is free of Luther, and also free of the burden of having caused his death. Happy ending, for who? Miriam I suppose, if she wanted to be rid of Luther, but there were only ever minimal indications throughout the story as to that being the case, although Luther seemed a bit creepy so maybe for Miriam she is better off. She seems ecstatic about the way it turned out, which is to suggest that she did in fact want him gone. I wonder who the man in the brown suit was. Could it be Luther? Either way, it’s certainly not a happy ending for Luther, who may have been dead, may have gone missing, may even have been the body at the bottom despite its resemblance to a mannequin. It’s not your typical, they-all-stay-together-and-live-happily-ever-after happy ending. I’m not entirely sure this qualifies as happy.

The sad ending: Luther is a computer? Where did that come from? Although I can’t say as though it was entirely uncalled for, as at least it is computer based and this whole story has been. Miriam is unhappy, as seen by the driver looking up and seeing her crying. The driver is an unusual character, his only real role is to play temporary narrator, yet he seems entirely too upset about Luther despite not really knowing him.

The postmodern ending: The whole thing is a dream, and the space in Luther’s bed is nothing unusual, not the absence of Miriam or anyone else, just a space. This ending, seemingly devoid of meaning other than the direct literal translation, is quite appropriate as the “postmodern ending” but could it also be the happiest of the three? Depends on who you relate to. If you relate to Miriam, you are happiest with the happy ending as she is happy. If you relate to Luther, then you probably prefer this ending, as we know he is alive and (relatively) well.

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~ by diamondace on April 12, 2010.

One Response to “Endings of Miriam”

  1. Can any of these three endings to “Miriam” be labeled “satisfactory”? What does it mean that even though you can click on one of the endings links, close it, and procede to open the other too? Why do we get three specific endings? I of course opened the postmidernist ending first, based on the nature of our course this semester, and though to most people the ending may seem not quite fulfilling, I think it suites the piece as a whole the best of the three. It is the spin-ending, the unexpected, yet to be explored pathway from the traditions of literature- the happy or the sad ending. Each is a reaction of the other, culminating in the post-modernist approach. We plan the game, much the same as Luther does, to find the proverbial princess, Miriam. But we, like Luther, are unable to reach her in time and he falls to his death one way or another. Each of the three endings do not change the ultimate outline to the ending: Luther still fails and the game ends. We are left with uncertainty and lonliness.

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