Want VS. Need “To be happy in life you must learn the difference between what you want vs need” (unknown). Most people who can not decipher between want and need don not appreciate life and objects to the fullest. An imbalance of these things can cause unhappiness, bad relationships, and debt. Deciding between things people want and what is need can be hard.
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.
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.
Narcis Celic Bauer English I 15 December 2016 Compare/Contrast English I Essay 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. Let's start with similarities with both of the main characters in “The Necklace” and “Gift of the Magi”. Della and Mathilde are both women who struggle against money. The two women have been blessed with physical beauty,
In the end she learns that the necklace was an imitation not the real thing which costed a 1000th of the price. "Madame Forestier, deeply moved, took her two hands. " Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the most five hundred francs!"
Mathilde always imagined herself in a high social position with wonderful jewels and expensive clothing instead she have to wear simple clothing. In her mind she is doing her husband a favor by marry him because he is a ''little clerk in the Ministry of Education''(Maupassant 3). She never considered her husband feeling he was heartbroken because she was not happy about the invitation to the Ministry party but she was too busy fretting over what to wear to notice. Her one night of radiance cost them to loss everything they
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Everyone agrees that Mathilde was in a difficult spot, however some feel Mathilde should have been honest with her friend and told her what happened, while others feel that she should lie because it helped her. Mathilde should have not have lied to Madame Forestier for three reasons: lying is wrong, Jeanne is her friend, and it would have saved Mathilde a lot of trouble. In the short story, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, the main character Mathilde, quickly realized that diamonds are not always a girl’s best friend.
For dinner, they had a very nice french soup. This is not enough for Mathilde all she could think about was having better with eloquent table settings. She did this with everything in her life. She deserved a richer husband, nicer furniture, and prettier clothes. Although both female characters were greedy and were punished for it, they each lived a very different
After Mathilde buys a dress with the money that Mr.Loisel gives to her, she still is not satisfied with what she is given, she wants more. Mathilde’s greediness is shown when she demands expensive jewelry to wear to the party even though Mr.Loisel invests his saving for Mathilde’s dress. She does not appreciate Mr. Loisel actions and instead complains about not having an aristocratic showcase. Mathilde does not acknowledge the sacrifice her husband has made for, she deceitfully expects more. This relates to Gatsby when he expects more from Daisy than mere love.
In the short story “The Necklace” Madame Loisel was a rich women who thought she was poor. She valued having a nice appearance and looking elegant. Madame Loisel borrowed a necklace that she thought was gorgeous, she then lost the necklace but didn’t want to tell the lady she lost it so she went to look for
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 an important role in both the realist movement and the naturalist movement through his depiction of the setting as well as the character’s decision. 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, how their inner desires vary. This essay will analyze ‘The Necklace’ and how Maupassant uses the social context, characters and literary devices in the short story to illustrate his misogynistic viewpoints towards women.
She was never happy and satisfied with what she had and always daydreamed of large ballrooms… decorated with oriental tapestries and lighted by high bronze floor lamps. She wanted to be the envy of all other women. When her husband gets an invite to the ball she wishes to appear wealthy to the other women at the ball. She borrows a diamond necklace from a wealthy friend, Mme Forestier. At the ball, she becomes pretty, elegant, gracious and smiling than all the other ladies, and she finds herself enjoying the party.
“The Jewelry” is a short story written by Guy De Maupassant where M. Lantin marries a woman that loves jewelry and bought a new piece of jewelry everyday. He loved her dearly but could not stand the obsession she had for her fake jewelry collection. M. Lantins wife became really sick and died of pneumonia. He was then left by himself and became very poor. He had nothing left and needed to make money somehow. M. Lantin turned to his late wife’s jewelry collection; he knew that it was fake jewelry but he was desperate and was in need of money. He took the jewelry to a jewelry store expecting to receive only a few francs but then he was told he was receiving thousands of francs. M. Lantin was in shock and could not believe that the entire time it was real jewelry and not fake; he became a very wealthy man and resigned from his job, eventually marrying another woman who made his wife miserable. M. Lantin’s first wife had a big impact on his life; however, his selfish actions lead to what he deserved ending up with a wife that made him miserable.