Deception And The Monkey 's Paw

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It was once said that, “seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken” (Austen). With today’s ever growing economy it is of no surprise that individuals pretend to be something they are not because they want to give the illusion that they are part of the wealthy class, the elite. This can be seen through Mathilde’s deceiving clothes and jewelry at the ball, where her reality actually matches her dreams. Some individuals may even act as if they are a part of a higher social class than they actually are to attract the more wealthy people towards them or in other words, to fake it until they make it. All of these acts are deception, the intentional act of portraying something fraudulently. In “The Necklace” and “The Monkey’s Paw” the theme of deception is addressed by both de Maupassant and Jacobs, suggesting everything is not what it seems and that true value solely depends on how a person perceives it to be.
That is to say that in “The Necklace,” Mathilde’s perception of herself as a woman of higher social standing lead to her losing the one thing she had going in life, her true beauty. “It is Madame Loisel 's desire to be part of the upper class which sets the story 's events in motion” (Hatboro and Horsham). Mathilde is described as a beautiful woman who finds her life to be not up to her standards because she is not a part of the higher class. “She had no

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