The Importance Of Appreciation And Lack Of Appreciation Essay

1380 Words Jan 14th, 2016 6 Pages
The Importance of Appreciation

Greediness and lack of appreciation can cause a person to lose what is most important. “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, is a short story about a woman, Mathilde Loisel, who wants more than she has, and because of this she ends up in a state which was worse than beforehand. “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, is about a woman, Dee, who visits her family and tries to take a quilt that would look good hanging in her home, but the quilt was promised to her younger sibling, Maggie. Both short stories are similar, but also have different aspects. Each story has a woman who is greedy, these women also take what they have for granted, and each story has sacrifices that were made for the benefit of these women.

First of all, “The Necklace” and “Everyday Use” both have women who are greedy. However, the greed takes different forms in each story. In “The Necklace,” Mathilde is greedy for wealth and attention from higher social classes. She is unhappy that “she let herself be married to a little clerk,” (599) instead of being married to a wealthy gentleman. When her husband received an invitation to a ball, Mathilde immediately wants to go. She wants to look her best, so she uses four hundred francs and buys a new dress. However, that is not enough, so she goes to her friend, Madame Forestier, to borrow jewelry. “All of a sudden she discovered, in a black satin box, a superb necklace of diamonds, and her heart began to beat with an immoderate…

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