Fairy Tales and Reality
All of us read fairy tales since we were still kids. We dream about a magical world where there are always justice and happiness ever. Have any one wonder if that can be happen in the real world, I may not but the writer Guy de Maupassant did. That is why he wrote The Necklace. The story makes an illusion to the reader that they are reading another version of Cinderella. Every unrealistic magical thing is displaced by harsh reality and we will see what if there can be any real life fairy tale in this world.
In “The Necklace”, Guy de Maupassant used the image of reality to replace all unrealistic feature of a fairy tale. Mathilde Loisel is the main character of the story. Mathilde was “one of those pretty and charming girls born, as though fate had blundered over her, into a family of artisans” (Maupassant 1) but she and her husband Mr.Loisel now lived in poverty. Every day, she dreamed about a luxurious life, she wanted everyone recognized and desired her charming like other girl in her class. Maupassant wisely replaced the image of Cinderella in Mathilde. They both came from high class family but end up with harsh life, and both beauties wanted to make a change. Mathilde and Cinderella both lived in their world, separated from the surrounding. Unlike Cinderella, Mathilde made her own shell, because she ashamed of poverty and envied her friend wealthy. This is one aspect of reality compare with fairy tales; any one in her situation will feel the same. That does not mean that we should feel depressed or dreaming but this is our nature. The figure of Gad fairy mother also did not show up, in replace there was Madame Forestier, who was an old friend of Madame Loisel. Two characters, Madame Loisel and the fairy, both shared many same points. They all help the main character when she was in need. They all generously gave the main character the most valuable things the glass slipper in Cinderella and the necklace in The Necklace, and...
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