Similarities Between The Necklace And The Gift Of The Magi

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“The Necklace” & “The Gift of the Magi” Share Common Theme
Wanting more and better is one of the quality that we all have. In the stories “The Necklace” and “The Gift of the Magi”, both writers illustrate the consequences of greed. One would wonder if people do fine much happiness through their search for material? Perhaps greed does make one’s happy at times, but because of greed people bury themselves in the bottomless pit of pain and suffering. A dust material such as a shiny watch fob or a sparkling necklace get the fake adoration that one seeks. In the end the price that is paid to obtain something materialistic is too much. “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant and “The Gift of the Magi” by O Henry develop
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Why must we want more and more? Where do we stop and say this is enough? Greed is in the pit of human nature. One must strive for more, more, and more regardless what he/she sacrifice. In the story of “Gift of the Magi” the author O. Henry wrote about a naïve woman named Della who live in a very modest and comfortable furnished apartment with her loving husband. Unfortunately, Christmas was around the corner and she stress herself out because she wanted to buy something that is expensive for her husband. “Something fine and rare and perfect, something worthy of her special Jim” (Henry 41). One might think that she is an unbelievably a great wife because of how she think but just take a look deeper then one can see how silly she was. There are only two things that her and her husband have pride in is her long hair and his watch that belong to his family for many generations. Her irrational behavior led her to a hair shop and chop off her hair so that she can sell them for money. In return she got enough to buy her husband an expensive present. She has to ran all over town to buy him the watch fob which is a short chain for a pocket watch so that his watch would look nicer in it. Greed has blinded her for something that was shiny and expensive so that she can have him show it off in public. She failed to recognize that the best present she can give her husband was just to love him …show more content…
It does not matter what society has on the idea of beauty, one should know that true happiness is what they can make with what they have. A loving husband, a great wife, and a peace full is everything that a person could wish for in their lifetime. A mere object such as a fancy dress, diamond necklace, shiny watch fob, or a beautiful comb does not justify what true happiness is. Being materialistic could blind a person and mislead them to seek out something that is entirely different from what they want or need. In the end one must know that greed will enslave all therefore, true happiness is from within not just

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