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The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant

The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin were both undeniably exceptional short stories to flip through and interpret both enjoyable as well as indulgent with a deeper meaning that leaves readers contemplating their messages long after they ve finished reading The two stories were particularly easy to compare because of their similar themes involving gender roles as well as marriage norms even though they differ in time and setting In The Story of an Hour Louise Mallard a woman burdened by fatal heart problems handles the death of her husband in the most appalling and perturbing of ways Louise rather than feeling numb and overcome with grief is elated overjoyed with her newfound freedom when she is told her husband Brently is dead only to discover he is actually alive in the closing paragraphs Contrarily Mathilde Loisel in The Necklace is forced to live a life she has always feared after losing a cheap borrowed necklace presumed to be worth 40 thousand francs ultimately spending the next ten years compensating it In both these stories the authors construct an eye opening message that revolves around the consequences of what happens when one lives life ruled by outside options and objects rather than what makes that individual person happy Mathilde Loisel the main character in The Necklace is a beautiful woman of the French middle class who is attached to the notion her simple life is a cruel blunder of fate

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