Greed And The Rocking Horse Winner By Maupassant And D. H. Lawrence

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Greed is a powerful trait that humans have passed down throughout history. From biblical days, until today, greed has destroyed people’s lives. Guy de Maupassant and D. H. Lawrence wrote about how powerful greed is. Maupassant wrote “The Necklace,” which is about a young lady who wanted more than what she already had in her life and Lawrence wrote “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” which describes the life of a young boy trying to please his greedy mother. In both Maupassant’s “The Necklace” and Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” greed is the driving force behind the events in the stories.
The “American Dream” is to become rich and live life lavishly. In today’s times, the more money a person has, the more comfortably he or she can live. To narrow that down to just the “American Dream” would not be fair to the rest of the world because everybody’s dream is to be rich. In France around the 1800’s, people were born into a certain social class that they would never be able to leave. These social classes were divided by how much money a family had. There were three basic classes that the system was divided into. These classes were the lower class, the middle class, and the upper class (). Today, there are no social classes, so anybody can become rich through hard work and dedication. In “The Necklace,” the main character, Mathilde Loisel, wanted everything that she knew she could not have. This story was written in the social class era, so what she…

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