By investigating the two stories, “The Ransom of Red chief” and “The Necklace,” it is clear that author’s use situational irony several times in their stories to change the way readers feel about the character or characters. O. Henry’s “The Ransom of Red chief” is a humorous short story that has several great examples of situational irony.
A theme quite common in literature is pursuit of wealth and riches. In the short story unit there was one short story, one book, and one movie that all shared the same theme: The Necklace, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and Of Mice and Men.
In “The Interlopers” and “The Necklace,” the irony is situational. The way it is situational is when the story ends something unexpected happening, like in “The Interlopers” how wolves came instead of their men, and in “The necklace” when Monsieur Loisel and Madame Loisel spent 10 years to pay off a necklace that cost 36,000 francs when the original cost only 500. In these 2 stories, it shows that irony leaves the readers wanting more, and it gives us a little bit of a surprise.
In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence and in “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant Hester and Mathilde have many similarities and differences. The first similarity they share is their greed. When Paul began to win money off of beating for horses he wanted to give some to his mother to stop the house from whispering, so he decided he would give her one thousand pounds each year on her birthday for five years. When Hester received the news she was very upset. She did not want to wait instead she wanted all the money at once. Paul agreed, hoping the money would at last quiet the house, however, the house just got louder. With the money Paul’s mother bought new furniture, toys, and other expensive pleasures. Instead of using the money on things the middle-class family needed Paul’s mother decided she should use the money to appear to be an upper-class rich family. Mathilde also comes from middle-class, but would rather live that upper-class lifestyle. An
We are greedy. We as humans cling to the materialistic things in our lives. Some of us have everything we need to live a perfectly comfortable life, but keep wanting. Greed controls almost everyone, no matter how many possessions we have in our name. In this, when our greed exceed our needs, we lose sight of what is important, leading to our detriment. Three examples of greed and its effects are shown in the stories of “The Necklace”, “Civil Peace”, and “The Golden Touch”.
A major theme Mathilde learns in this story is lusting after expensive and luxurious items does not bring long-term happiness.
Values do change based on influences, people believe that people don’t change but i see it differently. I believe that if somebody wants to change they will, I believe that influences change people,this is not all people a lot of people will never change but if you get influenced or you want to change it is possible.
Mathilde in “The Necklace” is simply unhappy because she doesn't have money but has a rich husband. Della in “Gift of the Magi” is unhappy because she doesn't have money to buy her husband a gift for Christmas so she makes a decision.
As humans, one of our natural desires is the need to fit in with others. This psychological desire can cause people to go great lengths, even spend unimaginable money just to stay up to date or “stay in the circle”. Celebrities spend money on things that the average person couldn’t think of purchasing for themselves. Even the average person can sometimes feed into the temptation of buying something they really can’t spare the money on. These extra luxuries can come in the form clothing, jewelry, or even traveling experiences. The need to belong has positives and negatives.
Everyone in life wants to fit in because why would anyone want to be left out? However, the fact that we want to fit in ruins some people's lives because of the limits they go to to accomplish our common goal. On the contrary, some lives are ruined by trying to stand out and not staying with the crowd. This is very clearly stated in two very different ways by Guy de Maupassant in the story “The Necklace” and by Ray Bradbury in “The Pedestrian”. In both of these stories we are shown that you should not get caught up in what others are doing.
A boy from my second grade class boasted about owning the world’s highest jump and, once challenged by another student, proved it to us by leaping off the playground swing while it was at its maximum height. The results were a broken leg and the regrets of an act of arrogance. Guy de Maupassant's short story “The Necklace,” Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” and Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, illustrate a shared theme on excessive pride resulting in self-sabotage.
Use evidence you have gathered from both passages “The Necklace” and “The Bet” to write an essay analyzing how dialogue in each passage functions to reveal aspects of the character. You should discuss more than one character from each passage.
In society, people tend to consider material possessions as more important than moral and spiritual values. Will Smith addressed this when he stated “Too many people buy things they don't need, with money they don't have, to impress people the don't like”. Peoples obsessions with material possessions can warp their perception of love, happiness, and even their memories.
Mathilde and the princess from "The Lady or the Tiger" are two characters who have
The main character, Mathilde, seems very selfish and too overbearing as a person. She constantly wants more and more from her husband while he focuses on the basics of paying bills. For the most part, my sympathy goes towards the husband. He feels so helpless and tries his best to make his wife happy while he is contempt with the simple life he’s living. He even gives his wife money and is considerate enough to get an extra ticket to his wife to go to a get-together to make her feel more contempt with her situation, even if it was only for a night. My sympathy for Mathilde is nonexistent due to me not knowing more into Mathilde’s life growing up. If I knew more of her back story I would be able to evaluate her morals to mine more accurately