Willa Cather's Paul's Case and Maupassant's The Necklace Essay

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Willa Cather's Paul's Case and Maupassant's The Necklace When comparing two fictional characters from two different writers one must first and foremost analyze their dreams, ambitions, or goals in the story. Whether the character is setting out to accomplish something physically, or they are on a personal or spiritual quest to find themselves. A character's ambitions can reveal a lot of underlying qualities that may not be as apparent at first glance from the reader. While …show more content…

(Kennedy)" He is referred to as using his eyes often in a very theatrical way. In these respects we learn from the very beginning that he doesn't fit in with the rest of his classmates and even his teachers. From the reference to his theatrical eyes which he "uses" we can easily deduce it is his attempt at playing the part of an upper class citizen that leads him to be shunned by his fellows. The line "His eyes were remarkable for a certain hysterical brilliancy and he continually used them in a conscious, theatrical sort of way…" is important because we later learn that his closes tie to this world he is longing for is an actor by the name of Charley Edwards. Paul feels that if he can emulate Edward's mannerisms and habits into his everyday life that he is somehow closer to the life he wants. In direct comparison to this is Mathilde from Maupassant's "The Necklace." Like Paul she dreams of a life she is not born into and emulates those closest to her in higher society, namely her wealthy friend Mme. Forestier from whom she barrows the necklace. A good example of Mathilde's view on her station in life is in this passage from the story, (Kennedy) "She dressed plainly because she could not dress well, but she was as unhappy as though she had really fallen from her proper station, since with women there is

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