Maupassant and Thurber's Use of Irony and Conflict to Explore and View Marital Relationships

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During the early 1900s there was a slow and powerful movement from negative emphasis in the critical examination of American life and modern society as a whole to positive revaluation of materials and affirmation. A few writers attained positive reviews early in this period and in their careers. A large number receive negative reviews. However, among the writers of eminence and influence, many of those individual’s development corresponded to the general pattern. The character of the ultimate affirmation varied widely. The findings included positive values in democracy, in materialism, in the common man in religion, in man’s relation to the earth and in human life as a whole. Guy de Maupassant and James Thurber used the techniques of…show more content…
But the moral can be that wealth just keeps you wanting more until you ruin yourself, while poverty teaches appreciation. “Maupassant seems (http:// to be reinforcing on the fact that shows your true selves to others and don’t indulge in things that are beyond your capacity or reach. It is not money or high status that brings you respect but your good work and good name in society that heightens you in people’s estimation. And borrowing is never a good habit” (http:// The action of the story begins when M.Loisel, antagonist, brings home an invitation to a reception. The young couple squabbles about attending the reception. Here we see the conflict of man vs. man (husband vs. wife). This often happens with young married couples. Finally, M.Loisel offers to buy his wife a dress to wear to the event. After, Mme. Loisel gets the dress but complains that she does not have any jewels to wear with her dress. M.Loisel tells his wife, “My, but you’re silly” trying to assure that she was beautiful without a fancy dress or jewels (Clugston, 2010). At this point we witness another conflict, man vs. society. It is the idea of Mme. Loisel seeing herself to poor to attend a reception with the affluent citizens of upper society. Mme. Loisel then borrows a beautiful diamond necklace from a friend, Mme. Forester. Now she has the life of upper society, which

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