When arguing over housework, is that all we’re arguing about?

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When arguing over housework, is that all we’re arguing about?

Sarah Marie Mooney

Most people have experienced arguments over housework. These can become heated and emotional even though housework is insignificant compared to other problems faced by society. While the characters argue about housework throughout the piece, this is not all they are fighting about. Susan sees Adam’s lack of time spent doing chores and tidying up as a sign he is putting less into the relationship. He feels she gets unnecessarily worked up about housework which is causing arguments and believes he already does enough around the flat. I am fascinated by the fact two people who are close can experience the same situation but see it differently. I once had an argument with my boyfriend over emptying the bin and, when I told the story to friends, I found that some agreed with me that it was only one job while others thought my boyfriend was right. On a basic level the piece aims to show people’s opposing views on everyday tasks but on a wider level shows how couples who are in love can completely misunderstand each other and have different outlooks on certain aspects of life. It also shows how ludicrous arguments are – when viewed from a distance.

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