Mrs. Kobylinski Essay 22 February 2015 Mathilde Compared To Della In The “Gift of the Magi” author O.Henry writes about Della a woman who sacrifices something to make her husband happy. In contrast “the Necklace” Author Guy de maurassart tells a story about Mathilde Loisel a selfish woman whose husband cared so much about her he was willing to do anything to make her happy. A similar is they both are poor and have little money. However Della tries to make the most of her money and Mathilda spends all the money they have. Della is selfless and caring about her money but Mathilda is selfish and self-centered with her money.
20Oct11 Money and Relationships "Often, silence is a shield for the shame, guilt and anxiety people feel about their own ways with money(47)." Olivia Mellan, author of Men, Women and Money, explains how money can be an emotional barrier that drives couples apart. When two people become a couple, whether they just live together or get married, they form a new correlation with their money. One person will earn more, inevitably given the upper hand on financial matters. Others will enter into the relationship with debts but are ashamed to mention it.
Firstly, let us consider the characters in these texts and how they contribute to the theme of appearance and reality. It is clear that no character is what they first appear to be. In Ibsen’s play, Nora initially appears to be content with her life, busying herself with everyday things, as when her character is first revealed, she is “carrying a lot of parcels” from a shopping trip. In reality, however, she is ignorant about life, in that she is not allowed to control anything in her own life, from the raising of her children to her ignorance over the loan, as she believed that this was an achievement to be proud of, when in fact it was an issue with serious legal implications. However, towards the end of the play she wishes to break free from her duties of being a mother and a wife.
Unwisely utilizing money in large amounts to buy unnecessary objects, Jackie, despite supposedly being the second-in-command of her family, remains unaware her family does not have enough money to spend wildly and uncaringly. Therefore, instead of keeping the family strong, she sinks it into debt. Moreover, Jackie, by circumventing her reality check, similarly how she brings her family debt, believes she gains strength from her marriage to David, whilst, entirely opposite to her thinking, David does not gain strength from the marriage, even going as far as to describe Jackie as his wife is the same as having another child (Greenfield). Jackie does not have a stable grasp of the current reality. This also shows Jackie’s position in the family: equal to her children, meaning she has no power within it—she has no role.
However, beneath her facade, Jeanette begins to realize that her father doesn’t have the strength of character to stay sober. By the section’s end some of Jeannette’s naiveté has faded. She matures enough to be able to distinguish between the ‘good’ times and the ‘bad,’ instead of the thrilling adventure her parents try to convince her she is living. She knows all families do not live as hers does. Character: Rose Mary: It is hard to take pity on Rose Mary because at this point in the novel she becomes very self-centered.
How does Ibsen set the scene for the rest of the play? Since the beginning of a Doll’s we can see they are financially well. While Nora likes to spend and allows the idea of buying presents to block out financial concerns, Torvald holds a more pragmatic view of money. Torvald’s assertion that Nora’s lack of understanding of money matters is the result of her reveals his prejudiced viewpoint on gender roles. Torvald’s insistence on calling Nora by affectionately diminutive names evokes her helplessness and her dependence on him.
The wonderful world In the dramatic short story, “The Stolen Party,” by Liliana Heker, a single event can affect an individual’s perception or outlook of themselves and the people around them; Rosaura’s self perception is presented through her attitude and reaction to receiving money instead of a toy, as well as her mother’s outlook on society and finally Senora Ines’ perception of lower class groups. Herminia’s perception: - she knows that there is a gap between the rich and poor (her experience working for rich and live with poor) - tries to protect her daughter from the truth (reality). - possibility of jealousy of the rich, but she defiantly does not like them - feels that a persons financial status determines who they can be friends with - she does not want her daughter experience that inequality. The way Rosaura’s sees herself: -inexperienced girl, looks at life at everything positively, vulnerability -feels that people shouldn’t be judged by their financial wealth, judges people by who they are unlike her mom -thinks she special at the party for helping senora, but doesn’t realize she’s seen as a maid -changes through the story, due to receiving money instead of a gift -discriminated against - realizes the difference in social classes between rich and poor - she has realized that she was not treated equally as other kids (inequality) Senora Innes perception: - Senora Ines perceived her attendance at the party: she did not view her as a guest but as a servant. - Sees Herminie and Rosaria as lower class or even less of people than
Lantin are oblivious to their actions , “ The Rocking Horse Winner” Hester was unaware of Paul gambling. Paul's gambling addiction was triggered by a will to satisfy his mother who reminds him that she is living an unlucky life because they have no money, believing he has luck he thinks he can satisfy his mother while at the same time stop the voices in his house “ I started it for mother. She said she had no luck, because father is unlucky, so I thought if I was lucky, I might stop whispering” ( Lawrence, 83). Paul embraces his luck by betting on horses at the derby and wins big money on his bets and only bets if he is sure about the winning horse “ we're all right when we're sure” ( Lawrence,82). While M. Lantins wife's has a different type of addiction an addiction that seems very strange to M.Lantin, her addiction to imitation jewelery.
She is also secretly enraged at the fact that people besides her can afford such toys, and she wants in. At the end of this essay she says “ But ain’t nobody gonna beat me at nuthin” (Bambara), she now has a better understanding of life and is now a determined young girl. She understands her social status as a poor girl from Harlem. She learns “ The Lesson” which was to find out what real money is. At the end of the story she finds her true identity, which was to become a more motivated and successful person.
In that time, Kristine's mother passes away, her brothers become self-sufficient, and her husband dies leaving her nothing, no money, no children, "not even any sorrow or grief to live upon" (6-7). Nora also marries for money however, she does so for selfish reasons; as dictated by the society in which she resides, since a woman is seen in a subservient position during the Victorian Era. Nora was used to being spoiled and treated as Torvald's "doll wife, just as at home I was Papa's doll child" (67). Therefore, Nora is not bitter over her situation and actually thrives in the knowledge of her secret over Torvald and, her perceived, subsequent brighter future. After ten years, Nora believes she has everything exactly the way she has planned it; enough money to repay her debt, Torvald's never finding out about the loan, and living happily ever after.