In Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace”, irony plays a main role. The main character, Mathilde Loisel, finds herself the target for this story’s irony. She feels as though she was born into the wrong society and should have been brought up in a higher class. She wishes for nothing more than glitz and glam in her average humble life, but at the end of the story, we find out that what she thought was glamorous and high class, was nothing more than a humble fake. Mathilde Loisel has found herself, “suffered from the poverty of her dwelling” for years.
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.
It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me” (137) Gatsby is telling of how Daisy Buchanan is no longer loyal to Tom and how she now wants him back because he has run into money. Through Daisy, F. Scott Fitzgerald use of this character to exposes the new class that only wants to party and spend money. Daisy herself is old money locked in to the life of fortune.“But what gave it an air of breathless intensity was that Daisy lived there-it was as casual a thing to her as his tent out at camp was to him. There was a ripe mystery about it, a hint of bedrooms upstairs more beautiful and cool than other bedrooms, of gay and radiant activities taking place through its corridors and of romances that were not musty and laid away already in lavender but fresh and breathing and redolent of this year’s shining motorcars and of dances who’s flowers were scarcely withered” (155-156). This is proof that Daisy is in it for the money and is now leaving Tom Buchanan for Jay Gatsby.
The Rose-Scented Edith Mikaila Smith In today's world, "image" seems to be the most important element that impacts our lives. Often, when we attempt to portray someone or something we are not, we are faced with misunderstanding and failure. In the short story, "Anointed With Oils", Alden Nowlan, introduced Edith, who was ashamed of her past. Trying to escape the disgrace of her family and her home, Edith moved to a boarding house, where she attempted to conform by dressing and acting like royalty. Despite her efforts to blend in, she went too far and other people saw her as being conceited.
Wauchope Welch English 1102 20 March 2012 The main character of The Necklace, Mathilde Loisel, is a woman who feels that she is entitled to the many wonderful things that life has to offer. Although she is beautiful and charming, she feels that she was born into a lowly ranked family and was married off to a lowly clerk. She is a woman who didn’t have a hard lifestyle, but still wants more. She wanted excitement, wonderful meals, and extravagant clothing. She wanted to live a more lavish lifestyle, but later she will find that the life she has is much better than the life that she will obtain later in life.
Irony is defined as the use of words to convey a meaning this is the opposite of its literal meaning. For example, when Armnad comes to find a letter, written by his mother, shows him that she “belongs to the race that is cursed with the bran of slavery.” Irony is shown at best here by the way Armand was so quick to judge others, even his own wife, that he did not bother to see if he could be, in fact, the “problem” that causes their baby to look different. The major problem throughout the short story is Armand’s pride overcoming the love he has for his wife Desiree. His problem, having too much pride especially for his family name, ultimately ruins his relationship with his wife and child. He feels as if everything revolves around himself and his name.
If Maupassant’s story “The Necklace” had been poorly written, it could easily have shown Mathilde quickly as only vain and superficial. But all writers must make us feel for their central characters if their stories are to be successful. Analyze Mathilde, her husband and any other secondary characters in the story and develop an argument that explains how Maupassant forces us to care about what happens to Mathilde. Guy de Maupassant's short story "The Necklace" tells of a vain, narcissistic middle-class housewife who longed for the aristocratic lifestyle that she believed she deserved. In describing Mathilde's callous self-centeredness in preparing for the party to which she and her husband were invited, as well as her reaction to losing what she thought was an expensive necklace she borrowed, de Maupassant incorporates a tragic irony that makes this story a timeless classic.
Displaying her naiveté, she thinks to herself that they were “extraordinarily nice workmen”(Mansfield 2348), but due to her innocence she cannot comprehend that the lower class workers could never be her friends. In an article, Jennifer Rich writes how Laura is embarrassed by the fact of her higher class: “Laura attempts to mediate that duality by playing both roles–taking a big workman-like bite from her slice of refined Sheridan life while thinking of the “absurdity of class distinctions” (Rich 9). All the other characters display more life experience than Laura and even