The comparison of human nature and suffering.
“Parental love is not like bread that can be broken into pieces and split amongst
the children in equal share. A father gives all his love to each one of his children
without discrimination, whether it be one or ten. And if I am suffering now for my
two sons, I am not suffering half for each of them but double” (93, paragraph 10).
In the stories “The Necklace” and “War” some similarities in theme were suffering,
human nature, and how one deals with suffering, in plot and characterization. Both authors went
to great lengths to bring these ...view middle of the document...
..so to speak, it’s not just about the yearning for material things. Another point made is
that, even though two people may suffer for the same cause, it is highly unlikely that they will
respond in like manner. The characters unique way of dealing with their hurt comes out in their
conversations. It all comes down to each person believing that their burden is the heaviest. “Yet
not a word had she found amongst the many which had been said.....and her grief had been
greater in seeing that nobody - as she thought - could share her feelings” (94, paragraph 24). this
kind of suffering is typical of the average human existence.
The characters shows how complex the human nature is in dealing with suffering of
whatever kind. In an effort to act out this complex side, some will go to the extreme, even to the
point of begging for pity “And he felt it his duty to explain to his traveling companions that the
poor woman was to be pitied, for the war was taking her only son away from her” (93, paragraph
6). Our ability to cope does come into question when we are faced with adverse situations, like
the father who lost his son in War, some people will choose the route of denial. The father
employed this coping skill until he could no longer hide from his reality. “He looked and looked
at her, almost as if only then-at that silly, incongruous question-he had suddenly realized at last
that his son was really dead-gone forever. His face contracted, then he snatched in haste a
handkerchief from his pocket and to the amazement of everyone, broke into harrowing, heart-
rending, uncontrollable sobs” (94, paragraph 29).
The idea of whining is used to highlight the characters self-indulgent side, as they seek
to manipulate their own perceived circumstances. It seem quite natural to play the role of the
victim. It is the human nature that causes us to come across as being so needy. This is most
evident in the case of the Necklace. “It’s awful, but I don’t have any jewels to wear, not a single
gem, nothing to dress up my outfit. I’ll look like a beggar. I’d almost rather not go to the party”