Originating in France, ‘The Necklace’ is a short story written by French writer Guy de Maupassant in the late nineteenth century; the period where literary movements realism and naturalism dominated French fiction. Maupassant played a significant role in both the realist and the naturalist movement through his depiction of the setting as well as the main character’s motivation of life. The short story reflects upon the rigid patriarchal society during the late nineteenth century, demonstrating how the wealth of a person can lead to their generosity and greed; thus affecting their lifestyles. Through ‘The Necklace’, Maupassant aims to depict the conflicts between the upper-class and the lower class and how their inner desires vary. This essay
She is a naïve girl who only cares about superficial thing like lovely words. At the Siege of Arras, she proclaims that “Penelope wouldn’t have calmly stayed home with her weaving if Ulysses had written to her” as she thought Christian is writing to her (Act 4, Scene 7, Page 184). She is completely unaware that her husband is actually inarticulate and Cyrano is enabling him to become the man of all her desires to his heart warming sentiments. The distraction with Christian’s tender thoughts and dashing looks obscures her from discerning the true love that is right upon her. Years later, she is still incognizant to his true feelings but when he begins reciting one of her love letters she comprehends the truth and Cyrano says to her , “ when Beauty said, “ I love you” to the prince, his ugliness melted away”(Act 5, Scene 4, Page 220).
Jane Austen illustrated through Mr. Darcy’s character, how people judge others based on reputation. This is great satire that shows Jane’s purpose of the novel, how people in 1700s cares so much about appearance, class, and reputation. When Mr. Darcy first meets Elizabeth Bennet at the ball, he did not like her only because he thought
This highlights society’s concern with superficial materialism. It is ironic that the writer has portrayed her as being middle class; in fact, she has a very acceptable life with a maid and is married to a junior clerk. Maupassant further criticises Mathilde’s, and society’s, obsession with appearance later in the story. When offered her choice of all of Madam Forrester 's jewels for the party nothing meets her high standards until “All of a sudden, in a black satinwood case, she found a magnificent diamond necklace, and her heart began to beat with immoderate desire.” Maupassant’s criticism is implied by his use of the phrase “immoderate desire”. Mathilde 's excessive and extreme reaction is to the “magnificent” appearance of the diamond necklace, which we learn later to be a fake.
Loisel lives a decent life but constantly wants more, her greed and desire to be rich and wealthy is what ultimately brings the downfall of her character. On the night of the reception, Madame Loisel wears a magnificent diamond necklace from Madame Forestier. As Madame Loisel spends her time at the ball, she is able to live the life she believes she is entitled for. The happiest night of her life slowly becomes her worst nightmare. As she loses the necklace, and is unable to admit her mistake due to her excessive pride.
As well, she prides herself on knowing people and being able to read them very easily, unlike her older sister Jane. As the novel progresses we get to see her flaws, her positive attributes and how she deals with discovering new things about herself. She hates Darcy for being so prideful, but then she begins to question if maybe she was just too prejudice. Aside from having this ability, so she thinks, to know people she also knew she was different than her society which plays a big role in how she sees herself. The society they live in pressures girls to get married for the status and the money.
Through his use of setting, symbolism, and minor characters Suskind shows social, racial and class differences in Perfume: The Story of Murderer. To begin with, Suskind relies heavily on his use of setting in his novel Perfume to show social differences in his story Perfume. Perfume takes place in France during the eighteenth century. This time period is also known as the Age of Reason, a time when “individuals had freedom to pursue happiness, and it is said to be the beginning of an open society”. In the story, people, including Grenouille himself, began to make their own theories of existence.
After she got married she could not get all those wonderful jewels that she had ever dreamt about due to lack of financial .Even her husband’s love and caring attitude cannot comfort and make her feel happiness. Moreover, she is blind with her desire and does not notice anything else. The terms of necklace, it shows us how people afford so much power and worthy of materialism, and it very expensive items for rich people themselves. It reminds us to avoid young lady Loisel’s concern for her external joys of life; such as love, health, and family. We can say that this short story is similar to a moralistic fable.
When Janie talks to her Nanny, she says, “Ah wants things sweet wid mah marriage lak when you sit under a pear tree and think Ah . . .” (24). This makes Nanny believe Janie is ignorant about relationships, claiming she wants a happy marriage. Unfortunately, Nanny knows the harsh reality that blacks are inferior to white people and knows Janie will suffer, unless she marries someone rich, which is what she imposes on her.
The plot revolves around Mathilde Loisel, a selfish, materialistic, middle-class woman who marries into a middle-class family, to a husband, a clerk, a reasonably good position at the time. She is dissatisfied with her present life and 'daydreams of having the lavish meals of the upper classes ' food and the 'grandeur of their homes. ' as she herself 'lives in a shabby apartment. ' The conflict begins when they get invited to a 'ministerial ball ', which was a chance of publicly displaying her fashion and status. She needed a new dress which was at the sacrifice of her husband 's buying himself a gun to shoot larks with his