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Pride In The Necklace And The Gift Of The Magi

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Materialistic Items and Pride The characters of the short story, “The Necklace” and “The Gift of the Magi” go through a personality change because of their thoughts on materialistic items. Even though others may believe that materialistic items bring you confidence and pride, pride is not found in materialistic items, but in company of others because pride can overtake your sense of reality and wealth is not found in items one can buy. Throughout the story, the authors of the two short stories illustrate how as humans, one prides him/herself with wealthy and expensive products. Author of “The Necklace,” Guy de Maupassant, illustrates the theme of wealth taking your pride through his characters and plot. “The Gift of the Magi,” written by O. Henry, uses characterization to illustrate the character’s pride in their precious items. Both authors speak through their characters to illustrate a common theme that affects one’s everyday life. In the…show more content…
The author illustrates how humans feel pride in materialistic items by describing their reactions when they lose their item. In “The Necklace,” the precious item lost is a borrowed necklace. “She turned toward him despairingly,’I...I...I don’t have Mme. Forestier’s necklace”(Maupassant 204). The author illustrates that the character feels great pride in the item, and panics when the item is lost. “The Gift of the Magi” demonstrates that the two characters sacrifice their items that resemble their pride. “‘You needn’t look for it,’ said Della. ‘It’s sold, I tell you-sold and gone, too.’ (O. Henry 354)” The authors of these two short stories illustrate the same theme but in two different ways. Maupassant illustrates the theme through greed and social status. O. Henry uses sympathy towards the characters and love for one another to make a relationship with the reader and the
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