What Is the Theme of “How I Met My Husband” by Alice Munro?

The short story, “How I Met My Husband” by Alice Munro is centered around themes of social class and memory/storytelling. The main character, Edie, actually has an advantage as a modest farm girl because she is able to see things more truthfully and realistically. The memory/storytelling aspect comes in because Edie tells the story looking back on her life as a younger girl.

“How I Met My Husband” shares a motif with many other Munro stories, namely the search for fulfillment that many women and girls experience in their lifetime. Edie experiences this quest when she leaves home for her first real job, and discovers the self-deception inherent in her efforts to achieve her goals.