The destructive nature of Greed

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The Destructive Nature of Greed It is funny how some stories are similar. When reading “The Rocking Horse Winner” (1926) by D.H Lawrence and “The Necklace” (1884) by Guy de Maupassant, one can immediately realize that they share a very strong theme: greed. As can be noted, both stories were published when the Industrial Revolution was happening and, at the same time, the middle class was being created. The middle class had different levels but a common goal: acquiring money, social status, and power, which in other words, restates the theme of these two stories. Both authors use exposition, foreshadowing, and symbolism to emphasize the destructive nature of greed. First, exposition is used to emphasize the theme in both stories. In “The Necklace,” the protagonist, Mathilde Loisel, is described as an unsatisfied person. She is not content with her life, as can be seen in this statement: “She suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born for all delicacies and all the luxuries. She suffered from the poverty of her dwelling, from the wretched look of the walls, from the worn-out chairs, from the ugliness of the curtains” (Maupassant 345). Mme. Loisel was not happy with her life style, she felt like she married a man w Continue...

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Therefore, it is clear that Maupassant and Lawrence described their characters lacking money and status, to justify their greedy nature. Besides foreshadowing, Maupassant and Lawrence use symbols throughout the stories to highlight the theme. As can be seen in the text "The Technical Struggle: on Subject" (1951) by Sean O"tmFaolain: "she can make do with her best frock, but she has no jewels, and she fears that without them she will look just as poor as she is" (177). It is through the rocking horse that the boy had his "visions," which guaranteed him the name of the winning animal. The mother with her insatiable desire for material possession believes that money will make her happy . By picking a possession as the title of the story, Maupassant is intending to point out that materialism is a focal point of the story. " Gordon and Tate sum up their interpretation: "the boy, Paul, has invoked strange gods and pays the penalty with his death"tm (253). Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton, who wrote "Short Stories for Students" (1997), says: ". Yet his efforts will never be enough. Lawrence the stories have the same theme: greed. The critic"tms comments reinforced that Mme. Yet fake, the jewelry represents all the prestige Mathilde needed for the night of the ball. In fact the "diamond" necklace, that stole ten years of her life, was paste, as Mme.


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