Similarities Between Two Different Tragedies

Topics: Guy de Maupassant, Family, Short story Pages: 3 (1036 words) Published: April 24, 2012
It is easy to notice a similarity on the surface of two things that look alike, but when two stories are completely different in their content, it is not easy to detect a similarity. For instance, after we read for the first time “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Mary Flannery O’Connor, we cannot connect these two tragedies together. Both were written in a different time by different authors, and they end in a different way. However, if we study deeply both stories, we can find their similarities even though their contexts are different. Although “The Necklace” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” are different tragedies, both of them focus on their main characters that suffer from pride, are manipulative, and change during the story.

When we read both stories the first time, we can see a lot of discrepancies. First, in “The Necklace” Mathilde is a young woman who wants to have money and be important while in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” the grandmother is an old lady who was already important. In addition, Mathilde suffered from pride because she wanted to be better than the others, but the grandmother suffered from pride because she knew that she was better and more important than the others. Another difference is that Mathilde’s tragedy started when she lost a necklace, but in the other story the grandmother confused two different places. In addition, Mathilde manipulated her husband who really loved her. In contrast, the grandmother tried to manipulate her son but he really did not take her opinion, so she tried to manipulate her grandchildren. Furthermore, Mathilde and her husband decided to tell a lie to Mathilde’s friend to have time to replace the lost necklace, yet the grandmother decided just to keep quiet when she notice that she confused two places and was directing her family to nowhere. Finally, Mathilde ended by learning her lesson, telling the truth to her friend, and working hard to pay back the necklace, so...
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