We had an American wedding
Now what's mine is yours, American divorce
An American divorce seems to be just as much an institution of our great country as marriage. In fact, its what wins in the end in this all-american story. This is the climax of the short but sweet American tragedy that Ocean pens.
As quickly as they were married, it was over. Their belongings would be split between them, in good old American fashion, if they were old enough to have any. All of this has come fast and washed over them before they even felt that it had really happened. It moved with the typical speed and recklessness of young love.
What Ocean really means when he says that “what’s mine is yours” is that he had his heart, his mind, and his happiness before the wedding, but now she has taken a piece of all of them. Played out in the imagery of lawyers and alimony, she has come to dominate all of them, leaving him suddenly broken and empty when she leaves with them.
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