Compare and Contrast Guy de Maupassant ‘The Necklace’ and Raymond Carver ‘Neighbours’
In The Necklace and Neighbours, both couples are envious of their neighbours or friends lives. In the Necklace, Mathilde Loisel is jealous of the luxuries of high class persons; she is particularly jealous of her friend Jeanne Forrestier that after visiting her, she feels depressed, pg. 5, lines 9-12, “She had a rich friend, a comrade from convent days, whom she did not want to see anymore because she suffered s much when she returned home. She would weep for the entire day afterward with sorrow, regret, despair and misery.” Similarly, in Neighbours both Bill and Arlene Miller are jealous of the life that their neighbours, Harriet and Jim Stone live; the going out to dinner, entertaining at home, and the travelling because of Jim’s work.
Also, in both stories, something goes wrong. In the Necklace, Mathilde loses the diamond necklace she has borrowed from Mrs. Forrestier and Arlene in Neighbours locks the key of the apartment inside on the apartment’s door.
In the Necklace, Mathilde wants an expensive life. She goes as far as wanting a new dress to go to the dinner to which she and her husband are invited to and she doesn’t want to use the dress that she wears to the theatre. Mathilde also wants jewels to go with the dress hence the reason she goes to Mrs. Forrestier for jewellery in which she chooses what looks like the most expensive jewellery there. Also, in Neighbours, both Arlene and Bill, after receiving the keys to the Stone’s apartment, they both take time sampling what they want like drinking from the Stone’s bottle of alcohol on pg. 117, section 15, lines 12- 14, “He finished watering, set the pitcher on the rug, and opened the liquor cabinet. He reached in back for the bottle of Chivas Regal. He took two drinks from the bottle, wiped his lips n his sleeve, and replaced the bottle in the cabinet.” In contrast, Mathilde didn’t wish to take up the life of...