With people tormenting her about her cousins who were teen moms, or her father who made a fool of his drunken self in public, the poor girl felt like nothing more than dirt, and she wanted to be thought of as flawless and beautiful. Edith dreamed of being a celebrity, she wished to be a perfect girl, and to live in a perfect world "in which only married women had babies, and in which men and women stayed married forever." The shacks in which Eddie grew up were less than desirable, and supposedly thought of as contemptible, by people of a higher social class. When Edith moved to the boarding house, with set meal times, she was quite ashamed to think of how people living in the shacks didn't have meal times, they simply found any food they could and ate by themselves when they were hungry. The potato-chip plant that Eddie worked at
Without fresh stories of Mrs. Torrens he is bored and unexcited. Like the Geraniums Kathleen Torrens has flair, and personality. They poke fun at her but secretly wished their wives were more like her, “seizing their wives for love-making held onto the visions of Mrs. Torrens.. As she walked the fence.” The towns opinion is that she is crazy, which we can tell she clearly is. “momma can’t drive properly when you do that” is an indication the children also know. She is also in many way superior to the other men’s wives.
Curley’s wife. One of the most complex characters in the story. She is an attractive and beautiful young woman. By her appearance it is evident that she is out of place in the ranch, where the people are rough and live danger filled, lonely lives. Whereas she seems to belong more in glitzy and glamorous world, in an easy and out going life.
Both fail to recognize and see each other for who they really are. Hulga/ Joy is bothered daily with her simple-minded mother because she portrays herself as a very kind and patient person towards other people. For example, she gives compliments and tell people that Mrs. Freeman‘s daughters Glynese and Carramae “are the finest girls she knows”, and Mrs. Freeman “is a lady and she would not mind taking anywhere with her.” (51). Mrs. Hopewell is embarrassed with how the way Hulga/Joy behaved and how she would dress inappropriately by wearing worn tattered clothes. Knowing that Hulga/Joy disposition toward those girls was unfavorable and she ignored daughter’s need to be accepted.
The similarities and differences from both stories are that both women are in unhappy marriages, the theme of the stories, the irony, the symbolism, they were written using the third-person point of view, both had loving husbands, and the end of both stories are sad and tragic. The short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant is the story of a young woman named Mathilde Loisel and her husband-the little clerk of the Ministry of Public Instruction. Mathilde lived a poor life, which made her to suffer. She had the dream to be rich, to have beautiful clothes and jewels. Throughout the whole story she would complain of being poor and her embarrassment.
In the entire story Delia’s habitual meekness is used against her. As Delia was a very pretty girl when she got married with Sykes. But during the course of time Delia turns into a thin and black woman because of her hard work to earn the livelihood and also the ceaseless cruelty of Sykes plays an important role to turn an attractive woman to a skinny woman. Sykes openly cheats to Delia for his plump mistress Bertha. The whole thing takes place just for Delia’s submissiveness.
With the conversation becoming more exciting, Elisa begins to feel appreciated for once and has an immediate attraction for the tinker. In “The Necklace”, Mathilde’s husband surprises her with an invitation to a formal dinner, what at first, makes her excited but then turns into a disappointment knowing she has nothing nice to wear to the dinner because they are not exactly financially stable. Both Elisa and Mathilde are unhappy with their marriages; Mathilde puts on a front of her financial standings and Elisa realizes there is more to life and does not want to just settle. One of the differences between the two wives is how Elisa lacks the self-confidence unlike Mathilde who has never settled for anything less than what she believes she deserves. In “The Chrysanthemums” Elisa puts so much hard work and time into her gardening while her husband does the same with the selling of his steer, even though this makes her content for the time being, she soon realizes that maybe life has more to offer than the comforts of the ranch.
She became mean too since she was lonely and the men rejected her. Curley’s wife was so lonely that she looked like a desperate, sour woman but when she died “the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young.” (Steinbeck109). Loneliness had affected Curley’s wife so much that the only time she looked happy and in peace when she died. Loneliness had made her so much harm in the way that she was better off dead because she did not have the lonely feeling anymore and she looked like what she was- a young sweet, pretty, simple girl.
Daisy’s voice was one of the main traits that kept her so intriguing and mysterious for Gatsby, which Nick mentions when he says, “there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget” (9). The excitement of her charming voice came from her affection for money, a trait of hers that Gatsby clearly dismissed until his tragic death. Daisy was most certainly a woman without mercy, which could be observed when she ran off with her husband after she professed her love for Gatsby, and shattered Gatsby’s dream of a happy future with her. Both women, Daisy and the Faery, can be symbolized as heartless demons that are in the form of temptresses, beautiful yet deadly. The main similarity and flaw that Jay Gatsby and the knight both have is their creation of a fixated, unattainable dream: a hopeful future with their idealistic lovers.
Wealth and social class were very important and most of the main characters in Gatsby wanted or had both. The character of Jordan Baker is a careless, irresponsible woman, which is the way many people were in the 1920’s. Daisy Buchanan appears to be a very empty-headed person. She ignores her marital problems, even creating her own when she has an affair with Gatsby, and simply chooses to pretend they never