Personal responsibility is an important characteristic that individuals need for success. The importance of personal responsibility is seen both in “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant and “Carry Your Own Skis” by Lian Dolan. All though these two stories demonstrate different ways of learning personal responsibility they both reflect the importance and personal growth from this quality. Despite the differences in the plot both stories “The Necklace” and “Carry Your Own Skis” show how important it is to be responsible. In the first story”The Necklace” Matilde lost a necklace she had borrowed from a friend. When Matilde realized she had lost the necklace she and her husband went out to buy a new one to replace it, that cost her and her husband to go into debt. “After ten years they had made good on everything, including the unserious rates and the compound rates” is a quote found on page 341 in the story. I think this quote means that you shouldn’t borrow things you can’t afford because if you lose it you will probably spend a lifetime paying your debt off. In the last story “Carry Your Own Skis” Dolan explains the importance of getting your priorities done first then you can go out and have fun. “Be responsible for yourself and your stuff or you miss out” this quote was found on page 523 in the story. This quote basically states that if you take care of your priorities first and as soon as your done you can go out and have fun.
The two stories “The Necklace” and “Carry Your Own Skis” show the importance of personal responsibility in two different ways, a negative way and a positive way. In real life personal responsibility is the key to success in everything you do on a day to day basis.