The phrase "and they lived happily ever after" doesn't quite work in the context of Big Little Lies.
Take Madeline. Her first husband ran out on her and a weeks-old baby to go kick it on a beach in Bali. Her second husband Ed is amazing, but it would be a big little lie to say that they were 100% happy 100% of the time.
Or take Renata. She's one half of a Pirriwee power couple, until it’s revealed that her hubby is having an affair with the nappy. (How cliché.)
And, of course, there's Celeste. She married a handsome, super-rich guy that she was head over heels in love with…only to find out that he's a psychopath with a violent streak.
Yeah. Wedding bells do not equal everlasting happiness.
Questions About Marriage
- Does this novel show marriage as a positive institution?
- How do Madeline and Ed compliment each other?
- What are the reasons that Celeste stays in her marriage?
- Why does Renata's marriage dissolve?
Chew on This
Big Little Lies portrays the bond of co-parenting as stronger than marriage.
In Big Little Lies, marriage is portrayed as being old-fashioned and obsolete.