Compartive Essay with the Bet and the Necklace

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Aliyah Singh

Ms. Ribeiro

ENG3U

10/04/11

Comparative Essay

Are you’re actions based on what you believe or what your see and desire? In the text The Bet by Anton Chekhov and the text The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant both authors deal with the main idea that money and materialistic goods control peoples action in a larger scale than we realize. While both The Bet and The Necklace explore the idea of irony and symbolism, The Necklace goes on to use characterization while The Bet uses person vs. society conflict.

Irony had a huge impact in The Bet and The Necklace’s theme of money and material goods controlling people’s actions in a larger scale than we realize. For starters, it is ironic when the young lawyer said to change the amount of years he needed to be in confinement from five to fifteen. This is ironic because why would someone spend more time for the same amount of money? It is also ironic that the banker becomes insolvent. The story becomes more ironic when the lawyer no longer wants the money. This is ironic because he wasted fifteen of the best years of his life in solitary confinement. Irony in The Necklace also had a huge impact in the theme because Madame Loisele desperately wants to be of a higher class so she immolates one night of fun and being noticed by the high society that she ends up spending her whole life even more dispirited and in want than she started out because she borrowed what she thought was a diamond necklace which she ended up losing it. The highest point of irony is that the necklace that Madame Loisele borrowed to prove that she was a member of high society turned out to be fake. These examples of irony each show that money and goods has somewhat affected these peoples actions, making them do things out of the ordinary.

Symbols have a tremendous part in proving the theme of the stories. The first example of symbolism is in The Bet when the banker says “What was the object of that bet? What is...
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