Destruction In The Necklace

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Pride brings fulfilment to people's lives on the surface, but below the surface it only brings destruction. In the short story, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, the author present this idea through his excessively prideful character, Mathilde Loisel. Mathilde Loisel, an unsatisfied woman, takes all of her perfectly valid possessions to be proud of and throws them away resulting in years of hardship for her and her husband. Mathilde Loisel’s pride is disguised by lovely experiences and luxurious belongings only to be revealed as something of pure destruction. Pride will bring bliss only to later bring destruction. In the short story “The Necklace”, Mathilde Loisel’s excessive pride destories her merriment. Guy de Maupassant emphasizes Mathilde’s pridefulness when she does not…show more content…
In “The Necklace”, Mathilde causes her own penury. However, in the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, an excessively prideful character bring down another character, rather than himself. These characters happen to be Brother, a cruel brother who forces his brother to the limit resulting in his death, and Doodle, Brother’s handicap brother. Brother has become a slave to pride itself. (Personification) Brother sets unrealistic goals for Doodle to become self reliant, with the idea of pride fresh in his mind, then continues to push Doodle past his limits. At one point, Brother runs “as fast as [he] could, leaving [Doodle] far behind with a wall of rain dividing” the two because Brother has been consumed by dissatisfaction for the lack of accomplishments him and Doodle has achieved, even though he know they have always been unrealistic. As a result of Brother’s pride denying reality, Brother inadvertently kills his own brother. Because of their pride, each character suffers. Because of their pride, the people around them suffer. Because of their pride, lives are ruined and
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