The Necklace’ was a short story written by French writer Guy de Maupassant in the late nineteenth century, which was a period of time where the literary movements naturalism and realism were frequently used in French literature. The short story shows how greed and wealth can change a personality and affect their lifestyles. Throughout ‘The Necklace’, Maupassant aims to show the conflicts between the lower and upper classes, and how their desires may vary. This essay will discuss whether Maupassant uses social context, symbolism, literary devices and his characters demonstrate his misogynistic viewpoints. The main character of the story, Madame Loisel, lives a steady life in the middle classes in the beginning of the story.
Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one” (11). Just because Robert wasn’t able to physically see his wife, the narrator believed that he wasn’t able to make his wife happy any other way rather than complimenting her looks. He fails to look beyond the surface and thinks that being able to see is everything. This is why he doesn’t know his wife as well as he should. The narrator’s wife always made tapes about events going on in her life and sent them to the blind man who always listened and sent a tape back.
She wanted to go to the ball but she didn’t have a dress. Her husband got her a dress she still was not happy. She wanted some jewelry her husband helped her get that also. She still was not thankful for what she got. Because she was worried about looking like everyone else.
This short story is particularly short compared to most but it was a good story to help readers understand and identify tone and style. Readers can understand the elements by reading what the narrator has to say about the blind man. He is always complaining about him before the blind man even gets to his house. The narrator in the beginning did not give the blind man a chance before he started judging him. In a world full of negative things, people should give each other a chance to get to know one
In the short story, “Marigolds,” the author, Eugenia Collier, acknowledges the universal theme that people can create beauty in even the most dreariest of places. The story takes place in Maryland during the Great Depression. Lizabeth, the main character, is an adult looking back to the time when she had transitioned from childhood to womanhood. Miss Lottie, an old woman who lived in a shabby, broken down house, planted marigolds. As a child, Lizabeth had thought Miss Lottie to be a witch and despised the marigolds because it did not match the poverty and sadness that surrounded her.
That Mathilde and her husband, spent thousands of francs to replace a necklace that is only five hundred francs. Mathilde wanted to one of the richest of the rich, but now she is the poorest of the poor. Situational irony in the short story “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant makes the reader omationable. The author uses situational irony to provide emotion from the reader and to grab the reader’s attention. Guy De Maupassant’s “The Necklace” varies with emotion.
It is stated in the website bio that Guy de Maupassant painted a picture of French life in the 19th century in his short stories. In a website, Dark Party Review, it was said that Guy de Maupassant is considered as the French version of Edgar Allan Poe. Furthermore, this comparative essay will discuss on the similarities and differences of the theme of The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe and The Vendetta by Guy de Maupassant. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe is a story of revenge of Montresor to Fortunato. Fortunato did not physically hurt
For example, Mathilde Loisel from “The Necklace” wants to be rich, and buy expensive things, and clearly wants more. As for Miss Emily from “A Rose for Emily”, she could not let go of her father, nor Homer. Seeming that Miss Emily wants both men to part of her life as how they made her life better in such ways. Same goes for Mathilde, she wants the wealthy life as it would enhance her living conditions which would make her live in a wondrous fairy tale
The story The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant, Madame Loisel begins the story sadden by her social status then was forced to change by fate, and becomes more “ grown up”. In the start Madame was constantly moping about the nice things she didn’t have. “ She grieved incessantly, feeling that she had been born for all the little niceties and luxuries of living.” The quote shows that she was envous about what other women had and how she moped instead of taking the problem into her own hands and trying to fix it. Finally when she was able to go to such an event she had envied she worried immensely before and afterwards about others thought of her. ‘She danced madly, wildly, drunk with pleasure.
In the story “The Necklace” a woman named Madame Loisel didn’t know the worth of everything she already had. She got suckered into thinking if she were born rich that she would be known and get all the attention from other men, even though she has a husband. Her downfall began with the necklace she had borrowed. Losing it caused her to go into debt and lead to her learning the lesson of being happy and thankful with the things she has and not what she wants. One main point to her downfall was that she was obsessed with having to have all the nice things in the world, having all of the attention from people and other men.