The Necklace, By Guy De Maupassant And The Gift Of The Magi Essay

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In the stories "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant and "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry, the plot is very distinct and different. The characters in "The Necklace" are well off, while the characters in "The Gift of the Magi" are very impoverished. Though different in plot and characters, the theme and lesson learned in the end is very similar, showing the characters the difference between "true" and "false" values and how more important love is when compared to materialistic views.
In "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant, the main character Madame Loisel leads a successful life. She is beautiful and was born into a family of clerks, and she was married to a clerk in the Ministry of Education. From the start, the reader can see that Madame Loisel is very materialistic. Guy writes, "She dressed plainly because she could not afford fine clothes, but was as unhappy as a woman who has come down in the world." (140) Though Madame Loisel could not afford expensive clothing a very rich person could buy, she was still better off than most people, yet unhappy due to her values. She also complained and was mad about her apartment, which most women of her class would not have seen at face value. She did not like the "shabbiness" of her home and how dingy the walls were, how worn-out the chairs looked like, and how ugly her draperies were. Instead, Madame Loisel dreamed of, as Guy wrote, "… Silent chambers, draped with Oriental tapestries and lighted by tall bronze floor lamps, and of…

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