Theme Comparison

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Theme Comparison: The Necklace & The Story of an Hour A short story, “The Necklace” (“La parure”) by Guy de Maupassant in 1884 and a poem, ‘The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin in 1894 are literary works that are very comparable yet are different. The two women, Madame Mathilde Loisel and Louise Mallard, portrayed in these literary works are protagonists who have trouble because of conflicting expectations imposed on them by society. Both Mathilde Loisel and Louise Mallard want something more than what their lifestyle offers them. During the time when the authors wrote these pieces, the social behaviors showed gender suppression/oppression. This essay will compare and contrast elements of content, form, and style between two…show more content…
Short stories consist of myths, legends, fables, parables, and tales. They usually feature a plot with conflict, setting, a clear time frame, characters, a point of view, theme, and stylistic features. Short stories are usually considered a fictional narrative with a formal design, however; they are tending to resemble more on real-life situations (Clugston, 2010). They are a reflection of our culture. Short stories usually contain some kind of dramatic plot structure like exposition, complication, climax, crisis, falling action, and resolution. Short stories are usually told by a narrator and written in paragraphs. Poetry is a form of literary work that uses beautiful traits of language to evoke meaning. Poetry consist of narrative (epic, ballad, and limerick); lyric (sonnet, ode, and elegy); dramatic monologue, haiku, and free verse. Poetry is evocative, imaginative, concise, expressive, and provocative. Poetry is an expression of the human experience. Through poetry, a poet is able to express their feelings, senses, experiences and images. Robert Frost once said that “poetry is a way of taking life by the throat” (as cited by Clugston, 2010). Poems are known for their sounds and tones. Devices such as alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, and rhythm are often used to express the sounds and tones. Many
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