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Comparison Essay

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One could never really be happy with what life gives them. We will always seek for more, it is what makes us human. These two short stories "The necklace" and "A rose for Emily" written by Guy De Maupassant and William Faulkner, show how the more you are unhappy with your life, the more unfortunate you will be and unsatisfied. Despite the fact that the two authors have nothing to do with the other, both their stories emphasize the idea of how you should be satisfied with what you are given, and believe in fate even though it is against what you want it is the right way to live. Maupassant lived from 1850 to 1893, he was born in a family of minor aristocrats, and lived in a rented castle. His ...view middle of the document...

"After her father's death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all." Similarly with Mathild in "the necklace", all she does is criticize the life she is living. She focuses on what she does not have; which is the money, being wealthy, and belonging to a higher class, instead of being grateful to the wonderful loving husband she has, who dedicated his life for her and would sacrifice everything for her. Mathild isolates herself from the outer world by staying home the whole time and despises the way she was born in a poor family. Mauppasant specified these descriptions for Mathild to explain to the reader that unhappiness leads to an unfortunate life. "Her tastes were simple because she had never been able to afford any other, but she was as unhappy." The two stories come together to emphasize the point that no matter what you given in life, you ought to be grateful for it. The authors are trying to send a message through their stories, stating that even though in life one would think they have few things in life, it will always mean so much to someone else. Satisfaction is the key to a happy life.
As it has been shown, the authors have both written the two stories in the end of the eighteen hundreds where the society and the people focused more on how people looked, and whether or not they are of a high class rather than one's personality, the external appearance mattered to them more than he internal appearance. In other words, they judged a book by its cover. For instance Ms. Emily was judged by the society, because back then if the woman was not married by the age of thirty, the people would look at her differently in a sad, pathetic way. Therefore Ms. Emily excluded herself from the outer world and from everybody's talk. "At last they could pity Miss Emily. Being left alone, and a pauper, she had become humanized." Likewise with Mathild, the class system dominated the country. People believed that to look elegant and to be seen and heard by everybody else you have to be of a very high class, and dressed in the finest clothes. Thus Mathild always felt that she had to be in...

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