Keeping Up with the Joneses

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Society has many effects on the narrator in “Two Kinds” and Madame Loisel in “The Necklace”. Whether it is helping us achieve feats or our actions in public, we can be affected both negatively and positively. In the short story “The Necklace” Madame Loisel is dirt poor. When her husband, a simple Clerk, comes home holding a white envelope which says “The Minister of Education and Mme. Georges Ramponneau beg M. and Mme. Loisel to do them the honor of attending an evening reception at the Ministerial Mansion.” Madame Loisel tries her best to look as good as she can at the reception. She even borrows a necklace to look her best at the reception, this is because of how society expects us to look our best and dress up on occasion. In the other short story, Two Kinds, Ni Kan’s mother wants her to be something she doesn’t want her to be. Whether it was opening a restaurant, working for the government, or even building a house to sell it and make a profit. She basically wants her to become a prodigy, which is highly unlikely. ”My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. You could open a restaurant. You could work for the government and get good retirement. You could buy a house with almost no money down. You could become rich. You could become instantly famous. "Of course, you can be a prodigy, too," my mother told me when I was nine.” Her mother wants her to become a prodigy because of how society has “molded” her thoughts and actions. Her daughter, she is only best tricky, you can be best anything. What does Auntie Lindo know?” For example, her mother forces her to learn the piano, which doesn’t work out very well “Three days after watching the Ed Sullivan Show my mother told me what my schedule would be for piano lessons and piano practice. She had talked to Mr. Chong...” In both positive and negative ways society has affected me in many aspects of my life, society has affected how I look, how I do in school, what I want to become after...
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