The Inside Monster Essay

952 words - 4 pages


Greed is a dark human nature that lures within, it hides on the surface, and is only brought to light by the actions that an individual takes. The need for more worldly possessions is the reason for unreasonable behavior, leading to the consequence that always takes more than it gives. In “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, M. Loisel’s overwhelming desire for materialistic possessions results in her negligence, this ultimately leads to her downfall. M. Loisel’s selfishness and her inability to be at ease with anything in her life, resulted with her possessing less then what she had before. This is seen when M. Loisel deceives her husband by wondering, “what sum she could ask without drawing on herself an immediate refusal”(Maupassant), so that she can get the dress she desires. Because of her actions, she “has had some hard times” working for ten years to pay off the necklace. Paying off the necklace she lost “wasn't easy for [her]” since “she had no money”. Ironically, her craving for more dresses, jewelry and assets despite her lack of money ends with M. Loisel having practically nothing. M. Loisel was pretty, but the evil, that is greed, was unmasked from inside her, that she lost her looks too. Her friend at their first meeting after a few years is unable to recognize her and assumes her “a poor woman”. In a like manner, in “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H Lawrence, Hester’s hunger for more money leads to the death of her son, Paul. To illustrate, Paul secretly gave all his earning to his mother since “the house had been 'whispering' worse than ever lately”(Lawrence) and “Paul could not bear up against it”. Paul worked himself so hard getting money for his mother that he reached a state of physical exhaustion and “the boy died in the night”. The mother overwhelmed Paul with the idea that it is luck that “causes you to have money”, and Paul knew they needed money since the house constantly whispered; “there must be more money!” Therefore causing him to “want to compel her attention” and this burns him out. The authors pull readers into the story emotionally through the characters. One feels appall seeing these women ignore those who love them; however, because of their greed, they got their punishments as they both lost something significant. On the other hand, readers are at a loss because both short stories formulate a sympathetic feeling. Considering that in “The Necklace”, one is attached to the forgiving, selfless and loving husband who also has to suffer ten years to pay off the necklace, because of his wife’s careless actions. Equivalently, in “The Rocking Horse Winner” one would be heartless not to get inflamed at helpless...

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