Women In Poverty In The Novels The Necklace Guy De Maupassant And The Gift Of The Magi

634 words - 3 pages

The Central Characters of Both These Stories Are Women Who Live In
Poverty But React to Their Circumstances in Very Different Ways. What
Point Is Each Writer Trying To Make?

Both of these stories are about women and their husbands who live in
poverty. One of the wives is not bothered about how they live and the
other wife is very bothered about how she is living poverty as "she
let herself marry a junior clerk in the Ministry of public

Both of these stories have a beginning like any other good story as it
describes the characters and how they think about life but they both
have the twist at the end which I think the turns the reader around or
could confuse younger readers. In The Necklace Guy de Maupassant makes
out that Madame Loisel felt bad about being poor and thought that she
deserves more in life which I think is a bit selfish as she does not
think about other people.

In The Gift of the Magi, Della is not proud of living in poverty but
she does not complain or think she deserves better.

In The Necklace, Madame Loisel only values herself, although toward
the she "forgets" about herself, puts her head down on her goal which
is to work off her debt to pay off the loan which she used to pay for
a Necklace she lost. After ten years she reached her goal. For example
of the change she made at the beginning of the story she was unhappy,
feeling that she was destined for better things in life and towards
the end she was more sympathetique, "she bargained with the
greengrocer, the grocer and the butcher in order to gain pennies, her
pitful housekeeping money was only just enough". Also I think it was
wrong to act in a way so I think she should have told the owner of the
necklace that she lost it because the owner Madame Forestier, because

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