Treating Each Other with Respect as Husband and Wife

Topics: Marriage, Women's suffrage, Guy de Maupassant Pages: 7 (2871 words) Published: February 3, 2013
Compare and Contrast: Treating Each Other With Respect as Husband and Wife In the two pieces of literary works, I’m Going (1915) and The Necklace (1884), the authors Tristan Bernard and Guy de Maupassant were able to show, through their use of literary words, what role each spouse plays in the marriage and how each spouse in turn treats the other. In one story, “I’m Going”, the reader finds a husband who obviously runs the house and is able to guilt his wife into staying home while her husband is only out for “his” own pleasure and who really doesn’t care how he has made his wife feel. In “The Necklace” the reader finds another husband who is the breadwinner in the family and is willing to give up the money that he had saved for something of his own and gave it to his wife so that she could feel beautiful and fit in with others at a dinner. He knew that how his wife felt about herself was very important to him. The reader can understand that in the time frame that these two pieces were written, that the specific rolls for a husband and a wife were pretty well known. This being that the husband works to support family and wife is to stay home and take care of the house. By the use of the literary tools the reader will be able to see that the writers were each trying to convey that even though both husbands were the head of the house by being the bread winners, the wives however were treated completely different, one felt like a child, the other felt nothing but loved. By the end of the two pieces of work the reader will see one husband who cares only of himself and another who was willing to do anything for his wife. The reader will also see one wife who does what she is told as she ended up sitting home alone and another wife who knows undoubtedly how much her husband loves her even though making her feel beautiful cost them literally ten years of their lives. Even though one of these pieces of literature is written as a short play, both pieces are written in the third person but only “The Necklace” is written in third person omniscient, (all-knowing) perspective on the story being told (Purdue, 2002). By writing in third person point of view allows both of the authors to express how the spouses are able to manipulate their mate third person’s perspective. Both writers also show “limited omniscient” points of view which are point(s) of view when the thoughts and the feelings of only one of the characters are related through the narrator.” (Clugston, 2010, sect. 5.2). When the reader reads the play “I’m Going”, they can understand through the narration how Henri, the husband in this play, is playing head games with his wife until he makes her think it is her decision that he go to the races. In the story “The Necklace” the reader can find that through this type of writing, the narration can one understand how Mathilde is truly feeling about what makes her feel beautiful. And what she had to say to her husband so he would give her the money he had saved to use for his own pleasure. When the writers use this writing technique they both allow the readers to only develop the opinions of the main characters they want them to see, a wife who is manipulated by her husband and a husband who is manipulated by his wife. In the play, “I’m Going”, the author Tristan Bernard wants the audience to view Henri as a selfish husband who wants to do his own thing, no matter how it affects his wife. He is able to do this by using words that taint the reader’s perception of him. With such comments in the beginning as, “No, I have a good time only when I go alone” to such comments at the end “Now if I were in your place, I know what I would say to my dear little husband…My dear you, you have proved to me that you love me, and I won’t accept your sacrifice” (Clugston, 2010, sect. 1.1). By the use of these statements the audience is able come to their own opinion of Henri, and how selfish he is and only thinking of himself...
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