The Gift Of The Magi And The Necklace Short Story

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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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