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”. The short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant tells the story of a woman, named Mathilde, who borrows a very expensive necklace, ends up losing it, and spends 10 years of her life repaying the debt it took to buy a new one, only to find out the original was fake and not expensive at all. This alone states the extent at which we will go to replace materialistic items. The lady had been part of the middle class, living comfortably, and even had a maid and a cook.
Over generations people have been saying that money doesn't bring them happiness, but it for sure brings them power. Everyone seeks power and there are many ways of how people consume power. In Sula by Toni Morrison, she talks about the two girls who grew up together and became worse than enemies because of an unforgivable betrayal caused by the lack of power Sula had. Sula breaks everyone's heart getting all the power she had ever wanted and Eva becomes powerless as soon as she is forced to leave her house. As a result of the selfishness, Sula dies all alone with nothing at all.
Another example of Daisy’s carelessness is when Gatsby, a man she says she loved, dies, and she does not attend his funeral or show any signs of grief. In essence, she cares so little about anything that she shows no feelings about the fact a person she loved getting murdered. Her gets perfectly stated by Nick: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (Fitzgerald 179). Daisy feels like that because she has so much money and is part of old money, no action can impact her. No matter what bad deed she does, people will fix it for her and she will face no
In the article “Those Three Wishes” there is a girl that named Melinda Alice. Melinda Alice was a extremely rude person. Her mother thought she would grow out of it and her father only cared about her grades. Melinda Alice’s value was all about herself as if she was a queen. One day when she was walking home alone she almost stepped on a snail when he offered her 3 wishes.
They are also alike because they both lose a girl because they are not rich enough at the time. In the Great Gatsby, Gatsby says, “ ‘she only married you because I was poor,” (Fitzgerald p130). This is the exact same reason why Zelda refuses to marry Scott. Scott and Gatsby are extremely alike because some things in his life is portrayed through the character,
I married my wife 8 years ago and I’ve never felt romantically attracted to her. We married out of convenience and it has truly been a nightmare. We are a low income couple and can 't afford any luxury but my wife is a hypochondriac and she waists the little money I make and my entire happiness. She is always complaining about her health and although I feel completely responsible for her I can’t deny that some days I just want to leave this sad town and look for a life of my own. In consequence of my wife’s constant sickness we brought her cousin Mattie to live with us and this has been a bitter sweet situation.
Good authors create interesting characters that evoke some emotion from their readers. That is the case of the protagonist, Mathilde Loisel, in Guy de Maupassant’ story “The Necklace.” Mathilde comes across as selfish and unsatisfied person and is easy to dislike. She first shows the quality of selfishness by purchasing a dress with money which her husband “ had set aside just that amount to buy a rifle” (Maupassant 222). Mathilde was so worried about buying a dress she didn’t even think about her husband. She proves herself to be unsatisfied when she is allowed to pick out some jewelry from her wealthy friend, but she declines the jewelry and asks “‘ haven’t you something else?’”(Maupassant 225).
She is a tragic character, who is unable to exist in the world which surrounds her so she makes up a better world in her imagination. The world she wishes to live in. People can sympathize with Blanche because of all the tragedy in her life. Susan Henthorne writes in her essay A Streetcar Named Desire, Death and desire bring Blanche to this low point in her life. She never recovers from the devastating death of her young husband, indirectly caused by the nature of his sexual desire.
The ironic situation is the source of her joy, the necklace, becomes her downfall when she loses it and has to work the next ten years of her life to replace it. She not only loses her middle income status but falls into poverty and spends the rest of her life suffering for her dreams. The theme of the short story, "The Necklace" is to be happy with what you have and not be greedy. In the short story, “The Necklace”, Guy de Maupassant illustrates what can happen when one is overcome with greed. Maupassant suggests that only bad fortune is in store for one who bases his or her worth on material possessions and becomes consumed with greed.
“She had no expansive clothes, no jewelry, nothing. And these were the only things she truly loved” (Maupassant). The princess, as shown above, is a character who relates in very aspects with Mathilde, but is very different from her, too. As for the differences between the two characters, there are many. To begin, Mathilde feels she married someone inferior to herself, while the princess loves her lover with ardor.