In the beginning of the short stories “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Necklace” the two female characters were polar opposites but, after the conflicts of the stories they turned out to be quite similar. Ungrateful (adj.)-not feeling or showing gratitude. In the short story “The Necklace” the main character Mathilde was ungrateful for her lifestyle. The feeling of suffering should not be because of her lifestyle, she still has a home, not a great one but, it is a home. She is in the middle class and for that, her and her husband are not in poverty. She just wants to become rich and live an independent lifestyle and because she wanted to be wealthy so bad she had become jealous of others for what they had. “There,’ he said, ‘there’s something for you.’ She tore it open eagerly and took out a printed card which said: ‘The Minister of Education and Madame Georges Ramponneau request the pleasure of the company of M. and Mme. Loisel at an evening reception at the Ministry on Monday, January 18th.’ Instead of being delighted, as her husband had hoped, she tossed the invitation on the table and muttered, annoyed: ‘What do you expect me to do with that?’” Page 334. However, near the end of the story, Mathilde had started to change her values. She had become more grateful and hard-working. “The crushing debt had to be paid. She would pay it. They dismissed the maid; they moved into an attic under the roof. She came to know all the heavy household chores, the loathsome work of the
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The first aspect both stories have in common is the fact that both of the women are oppressed by a man in their life.“The
Firstly, one of the characters that represents the similarities and differences between the two texts is the narrator of the story, Josephine Alibrandi or Josie. The stubborn Italian teenager shares multiple similarities within both texts and
In both these stories, the authors portray two very different yet alike women who have trouble accepting their fate and are trying to reject the life of women of their class. Mathilde Loisel and Louise Mallard are very alike because they dream of something they do not have, then their dreams come true, but destiny plays a fatal role in both stories, and ladies lose everything they had. In both stories, ladies have caring husbands, whom they do not appreciate .Unfortunately, the endings of
People who are driven by greed end up focusing on what they do not have instead of being grateful for what they do have. This is relevant in the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant because Mathilde Loisel ends up losing everything she owns just because she lets greed drive her decisions and get the best of her. When receiving an invitation to an extravagant ball, she declines because she says she does not have anything nice to wear. In the beginning of the short story she says, “There is nothing more humiliating than looking poor in the middle of a lot of rich women.(Maupassant).” The reader sees how she puts value in possessions and what others think of her. After finding a dress and then borrowing a necklace that she thought
Around the world, values are expressed differently. Some people think that life is about the little things that make them happy. Others feel the opposite way and that expenses are the way to live. In Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace”, he develops a character, Madame Loisel, who illustrates her different style of assessments. Madame Loisel, a beautiful woman, lives in a wonderful home with all the necessary supplies needed to live. However, she is very unhappy with her life. She feels she deserves a much more expensive and materialistic life than what she has. After pitying herself for not being the richest of her friends, she goes out and borrows a beautiful necklace from an ally. But as she
Another similarity between the two women is in regard to their taste in men. At one point in the novel, Mademoiselle Reisz mentions that "If I were young and in love with a man it seems to me he would have to be some grand esprit; it seems to me if I were young and in love I should never deem a man of ordinary caliber worthy of my devotion." (81) This definition of Mademoiselle’s ideal love almost perfectly matches that of Edna’s. For Edna was searching for the same qualities within Robert; a change, something that goes astray from the ordinary. Mr. Pontellier, her husband, was simply that, ordinary, which she did not want.
First, I believe that these two women are very similar. Despite, being from two different worlds. They are very similar because they’re oppressed by men in their family. For example, Emily is oppressed by her father because he doesn’t think “any of the suitors are any good for Emily” (464). While Anna felt oppressed by her husband because she couldn’t continue her affair with Dmitri.
The most common element found within both pieces of literature is that both women seem to be greatly selfish.
Stories of love and sacrifice abound in literature. Perhaps one of the most well known stories among teens and adults is the tale of a poor, young couple struggling to find the perfect Christmas gifts for each other using their very limited means. They each manage to get what they think is the perfect gift for the other, but only accomplish this by selling a prized possession which effectively makes the new gifts impractical. This bittersweet narrative, “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, illustrates the moral idea that a person, motivated by nothing but love for another, can possess a willingness to give in a self-denying way which necessitates that the reader consider that wealth be measured by something more than having money
The 19th century short-story “The Necklace”, by Guy de Maupassant, we read of a woman who can be compared to Cinderella. This
Literature includes characters that share common ground but differ for specific reasons. Two characters that are comparable yet distinguished from one another are Madame Loisel and Della Young. These characters are illustrated along with their similar concerns and unique traits and values. Madame Loisel from “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant and Della from “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry are both emotional, however, their dispositions and values contrast.
At first glance, Chopin’s Story of an Hour (1894) and de Maupassant’s The Necklace (1884), appear to have very little in common. Chopin’s story, as displayed in its title is quite short; while in comparison, de Maupassant tells a much more detailed account of the beleaguered Loisel’s, who must learn from the self-centred Madam Loisel. With de Maupassant’s depiction of his female protagonist as selfish and ungrateful; it is difficult to fathom Chopin, known for her active role in describing woman's oppression in the nineteenth century. Interestingly, Chopin, a realist, did consider de Maupassant to
Have you ever read an intense short story? Well both “The Necklace” and “The Bet” are the most intense short stories ever. Both authors from both passages explain the dialogue by discovering new aspects of the passages. In “The Necklace” written by Guy de Maupassant (1884), is about how a character called Mathilde that loses one of her friends necklace, that was a fake, and spends the next 10 years paying it off. On the other hand “The Bet” written by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1889) is about a lawyer and a banker who make a bet to see which option is worse for a criminal, either life in jail or instantly getting killed. They came to the conclusion on sending the lawyer to jail for 15 years to see if it was true. “The Necklace” and “The