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She hates her world of “poverty” and its “worn walls” and yearns for “large parlors, decked with old silk…coquettish little rooms, perfumed…” These are opposing images that describe the life that Mathilde has and the life she would have rather wanted for herself. Because of what she thinks she is born for, she has become a discontented woman. Furthermore, the necklace is a social status symbol. It stands for the social class that Mathilde wanted to climb, but failed to do so.
Mathilde has too much pride; she believes herself to be superior to her social class. Her thoughts are devoted to the notion that she should be “envied,” “seductive” and “sought after.” de Maupassant employs dramatic irony to foreshadow the inevitability of Mathilde’s great loss, when Mme. Forester easily lends her a supposedly-expensive necklace. Somehow, this already points out that the necklace might not be that expensive after all. Still, Mathilde has chosen that necklace precisely because it fits the self-importance she has attached herself to.
Mathilde paid a heavy literal and figurative price for her materialism. She is immersed in dreams of grandeur and a better life, a life of parties and luxurious material possessions. When she gets invited to a grand party, she wants a new dress, even if they can hardly afford it, and even borrows a diamond necklace, without thinking of the risks involved. When she loses the necklace, she almost loses her mind. She and her husband bought a new one to replace the lost necklace. From here, Mathilde learns “rough work of the household, the odious labors of the kitchen.” Situational irony is shown here, because Mathilde only wanted to be beautiful and sought after for one night, but she paid for this night with ten years of hard work that reduced her physical beauty. Hence, she paid a literal and figurative cost for
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Daily details of human lives are combined with invented and magic factors of unreal world. Fantasy is combined with reality and a question appears: what are the magic possibilities presented in this story of magic realism? Whether the Angel is the inspirer of people?
In this case, Sarty’s father defiles the rights of other people in order to fulfill his ambitions and desires in life while disregarding other people’s feelings. Therefore, his father’s self-fulfillment is through defiling the rights of other people in order to satisfy his ego.
It was written at a time when strict social roles were about to be unraveled. To illustrate: “They were always rebuffed and yet they continued to send out their invitations, unwilling to comprehend the rigid and undemocratic realities of their society” (Cheever 1239).
The works under consideration are meant to be compared because of their unique theme which reflects how two authors can write similar yet distinctive stories in different times. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant are two such short stories whose themes centre around role of gender and marriage with special focus on the female characters.
As time progressed, they talked about other matters, fell in love, cherished one another and finally wedded. The rich king had a daughter named Joanne whom he loved deeply. The queen also had a daughter from a previous matrimony named Jennifer Smith. The two, Jennifer and Joanne, become extremely good friends as they had been tied together by their parents’ marriage.
She borrows a diamond necklace from a friend and loses it. Madame Loisel’s husband uses his savings and incurs heavy debt in order to replace the necklace. The Loisels go through a decade of penury and struggle to pay off their debt. At the end of this period, Madame Loisel learns that the necklace was only a piece of imitation jewelry.
There was an alert of a probable terrorist attack on the city but such alerts were now a common thing to the residents there. Kashmir faced such alerts and such attacks almost on a daily basis; nothing could stop life from bustling. People still got married, they still had
Mother framed into the doorway with a plate of the cong you bing and rice for breakfast.
Xiaodan buried her head in her face, mandarin syllables reducing from her lips within her great, abrupt, twelve-year-old