Mathilde Loisel and Louise Mallard: a Look at Two Protagonists

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On the surface there appear to be many similarities between the character traits of Mathilde Loisel in Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” and Louise Mallard in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” however; there are subtle differences between the two women. Both of these protagonists struggle with their fate, are self-centered, and lack empathy. Their lives are destined to end in their own tragic ways based on their individual character flaws. Both of these stories focus on women who struggle with their lifestyle conditions. Mrs. Loisel cannot bear her middle-class lifestyle, instead desiring “to please, to be envied, to be charming, to be sought after” (Maupassant 60). As well as desiring these intangible things, she also…show more content…
Both women dream of what they do not have, ultimately causing them lose everything, Mrs. Loisel her middle-class station and Mrs. Mallard her life. Their unique fates are based on their own variation on their individual character traits. Chopin, Kate. “The Story of an Hour.” Literature: A Portable Anthology. Ed. Janet E. Gardner, et al. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009. 66-68. Maupassant, Guy. “The Necklace.” Literature: A Portable Anthology. Ed. Janet E. Gardner, et al. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009.
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