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Arjun Rai January 17,2018 ENG4U Comparative writing “The Gift of Magi” and “The Necklace” Comparison and Contrast Guy de Maupassant and O Henry are both the fathers of short story writing in the mid 80s who wrote pieces of art that were characterized by simple a plot but amazing outcomes. Both the stories “the Necklace” and “the Gift of Magi” deal with young, poor couples that face certain trials, and are surprised by an unexpected, ironic turn. The stories also have the socioeconomic similarities between the main characters although they have different attitude towards life. In "The Necklace" and "The Gift of the Magi", the plots are different in many ways. “The Necklace” portrays the life of a rather poor Parisian couple, the Loisels, of which Mathilde, the woman, always felt lower status or second class and unsatisfied. When they’re both invited to a high-class party, she asks a rich friend of hers to lend her a diamond necklace to compliment her outfit, but upon returning from the party, Mathilde discovers that she’s lost it. As it couldn’t be found, the couple buys a very similar one for an unreasonable expensive price, which they go deeply into debt for, and they give it to the other woman, Madame. Forestier, without mentioning what had happened. A decade later, when the entire debt has been paid off, Mathilde meets again her old friend again and decides to tell her the truth, after which Madame. Forestier answers with surprise that the original necklace had been an imitation worth not even a tenth of the price they had paid as it was a paste and not made of real diamonds. “The Gift of the Magi” is a 1906 short story by
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Arjun Rai January 17,2018 ENG4U O. Henry centered on a young couple living in a small New York flat with very few material possessions, of which only two can be considered as their pride: The man’s gold watch and his wife, Della’s, long and beautiful hair. When Christmas Day comes, Della realizes that she has to sell her hair if she wants to buy her husband a good present, and so she does; she uses the money to buy him a platinum chain for his watch. However, when they meet again, they realize that they have each sacrificed what was most worthy to them in order to buy each other the presents they had wanted; Della gave away her hair to buy the chain, while Jim, her husband, sold his watch to buy her a set of combs. In the end, they decide not to talk anymore about their gifts and have dinner together instead. One of the most noticeable similarities in both stories is the amount of material wealth, or lack thereof that the couples have. The authors, through the use of certain imagery, have set the characters in an uncomfortable, drab environment, as can be evidenced in descriptions such as “a furnished flat at $8 per week…did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad” (Henry, 1906) or “… the poorness of her house, from its mean walls, worn chairs, and ugly curtains” (Maupassant, 1884). However, the Youngs’ are of a low working class while the Loisels’
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