Compare and Contrast "The Necklace" and "Ambush"

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In the analyses of comparing and contrasting “The Necklace” and “Ambush,” they are very different, but also similar. The setting in each story could not be any more polar than they already are. The similarity of the two stories is that the plots both contain lies.

In “The Necklace,” a female character, Mathilde, is living in Paris during the 19th century. She is poor, yet undyingly wishes she was wealthy. One day the woman is invited to a prestigious ball within her city. She immediately she contacts a rich friend and borrows a fabulous necklace. Once the night is all said and done and she returns from the ball, she realizes that the borrowed necklace is lost. She reacts by lying about the necklace and buying her friend a new one. With her financial situation the way it is she goes spiraling into debt and never recovers. Later, once Mathilde admits to her friend that she lost and replaced the necklace, it is revealed that the borrowed necklace was a fake worth very little.

In “Ambush,” a male character O’Brien, is asked many times by his daughter about his war stories and if he had killed anyone. He naturally fears a negative reaction from her and prevents this by lying. Once he lies, he contemplates telling his daughter the truth; pretends his daughter is an adult and imagines telling her the truth of the time he shot an enemy coming through thick mist. This story takes place in an unknown place and is told throughout the childhood of his daughter.

In conclusion, in the analyses of “The Necklace” and “Ambush” the plots both contain a lie, which makes them similar, however, the characters used as well as the setting of each are completely different and unrelated. These stories have similar plot aspect, because each plot contains a lie that is told. They are also differing in other ways, including, the setting. In “The Necklace,” the setting is Paris during the 19th century; the other is unknown and unimportant to the story.
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