Mademoiselle Mathilde Loisel longed to be rich and glamorous "She suffered from the poverty of her dwelling, from the worn walls, the abraded chairs, the ugliness of the stuffs" (Clugston, 2010). Mathilde had a friend named Jeanne, who was wealthy, but because Mathilde longed to have material items like her friend, she stopped visiting Jeanne because it made her cry all day from "chagrin, from regret, from despair, and from distress" (Thurber). In "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant, the theme of the story is envy. An element that contributes to the theme is Mathilde's husband. When Mathilde's husband garners an invitation for them to a high society event, he hopes his wife will be happy, but she is not because all she can think about is that she has nothing worthy to wear. Although her husband wanted to use his reserve of 400 francs to purchase a new gun and to go on a hunting trip, he selflessly gave the money to his wife so she could purchase a new dress to wear to the party. As the party grew near, Mathilde was still not happy because she didn't own any jewels. Her husband told her to visit her friend Jeanne and borrow some jewelry. Mathilde thought that was a grand idea and she did just that. After looking through Jeanne's jewelry, Mathilde couldn't find the right piece for the event and asked her friend if she had anything else. When Jeanne showed her a diamond necklace, Mathilde thought it was perfect and asked to borrow it. Another contribution to the theme is the necklace. When Mathilde and her husband go to the party, Mathilde has a fabulous time. "She was the prettiest of them all, elegant, gracious, smiling, and mad with joy" (Thurber) and she loved all of the attention. After her and her husband arrive home early the next morning, Mathilde realizes she no longer has the necklace, she lost it. They both become frantic and her husband leaves to follow the path they took home in search of the necklace. With no luck he returns home and they decide what they need to do. Without informing Jeanne of what happened, and only sending a note that they necklace will be returned in a few days, they visit many jewelry stores looking for an exact match. Finally they find one that they can purchase to replace the lost necklace, but it costs thirty-six thousand francs. As they didn't have all of the money needed, Mathilde's husband borrows the rest of the money needed from everyone and anyone he can. Afterwards, they are forced to live as the poor and work multiple jobs to pay off all of the debt. In other works of Guy de Maupassant, his stories have characters who should be happy with what they have instead of dreaming of riches. As stated in "The Perception of Envy" (Silver and Sabini, 1978), envy affects life in a negative way "in which someone's possessions, attributes, and attainments have diminished…
Inst: Alice Martin
Literary Themes are composed of different parts, plot, point of view, tone, setting, character, symbolism, etc. Every individual can read a story or poem and get his or her own idea of what it means but each story has all these components.
A theme is not the plot of the story but, it’s the representation of the idea behind the story. This means to me that it’s a point that the writer is trying across to the reader.…
How can the elements of production be used to convey ideas about society?
Your response should be 400-600 words in length.
Throughout all plays elements of production are used in order to convey concrete ideas to the audience based upon society, whether it is past or modern society. These elements include staging, lighting and costuming. All of these elements play a large role within plays as they create an understanding for the audience and have the ability to set the tone for the entire play…
to be able to follow our dreams. He say children have creative or natural abilities, but once we get older it slips away. The element referred to in the title is the place where natural talent and personal passion converge. To be in your own element you have to love what you are doing, if you’re not then you’re not really living your life how you want it to be. The element is what he identifies as the point where the activities individuals enjoy and are naturally. We create our life according to the…
Scarlet Letter Theme
Revenge destroys both the victim and the seeker. This theme is one of many that I strongly agree with. There is no “winning” when it comes to revenge. What has happened is over and there is no equal in the world. Revenge is a selfish act, an act that shows that a person isn’t able to understand suffering. This person doesn’t want to be the only one suffering, he/she believes that spreading that hate will give them piece. Revenge doesn’t lead to piece; if you were to be…
Elements of Short Stories
This includes the:
time (of day and year/season)
time period (early 1700’s)
place of a story (where in the world, country, village, home, room).
It helps establish the background, the plot, and can tell you a lot about
the characters who inhabit it
Task: Read the story following and create a description for the setting.
• Plot refers to events of a story. Every story has to
have things “happen” in order for it to be
• Usually the plot introduces…
Dmitri Mendeleev. Both chemists produced remarkably similar results at the same time working independently of one another. Meyer's 1864 textbook included a rather abbreviated version of a periodic table used to classify the elements. This consisted of about half of the known elements listed in order of their atomic weight and demonstrated periodic valence chages as a function of atomic weight. In 1868, Meyer constructed an extended table which he gave to a colleague for evaluation. Unfortunately for…
Loss of Innocence
Loss of innocence is a recurring theme throughout the book for both Jem and
Scout. One of the loss of innocence scenes is when Jem destroys Mrs. Dubose’s
flowers because she had been calling Atticus names, just like almost everyone in
Maycomb. Jem snaps and caves in to the what recent events have brought to
Maycomb. This passage shows multiple literary elements. The most obvious literary
elements are imagery, setting, and external conflict. These paragraphs come to show…
Element 1. Using the activity you will need to review the range of groups and Individuals whose communication needs must be addressed in your Job role.
I should also like you to keep a communication diary for one shift and using the following questions as guidance show how you have undertaken the different types of communication; Advising, Instructing, Welcoming, Assessing, Observing, Informing and Counselling.
I am a facilitator for Equal Lives and during one meeting a lady called Sarah asked…
argued that the literary past must be used as to serve contemporary poetry purposes. This tendency, and many other attitudes that typify modernist writings, are present in Eliot’s works.
This short paper intends to highlight some modernist elements in Eliot’s The Hollow Men as a poem representative of his new innovative poetry and of the spirit of modernism as a whole. I will look at how the poem reflects this newly new literary movement in terms of both thematic matter and style. This latter…