The Secret Life of Walter Mitty VS The Necklace
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
Angela di Guaico
March 3, 2014
When comparing and contrasting short stories. One should look at tone, irony, theme, symbolism, and imagination. When all these literary terms are combined they make stories. The secret Life of Walter Mitty, and The Necklace, there is similarities in gender role of the characters, but there is differences, both of these short stories represent relationships in their marriage, through the main characters, and the roles they play. In this paper I will explain the similarities as well as the differences the ...view middle of the document...
” What are you driving so fast for? “( Clugston 2010 para 2).
The theme of success and failure is examined trough Mitty’s inability to live a full filling external life, which causes him to retreat to an internal like full of image of conquest. Walter Mitty is neither exciting nor successful in his everyday life. The theme of the story the life of Mathilde and her husband. She was a beautiful and charming girl, born in a family of artisan. She thus had hopes of marrying a man of her dreams, rich and with a social status. She ended up marrying a poor man working as a clerk in ministry of education. Her husband through intensive pleading, managed to get two invitations to the ministry’s party. His wife refused to attend the party stating that she has nothing to put on. “Nothing, Only I have no clothes, and in consequence I cannot go to this party. Give your card to some colleague whose wife has a better outfit than I” (Clugston, 2010, para.21). The husband used the money he had saved in order to buy a gun used it to buy her a dress. His wife is still not satisfied and demands to put on an expensive jewelry. With no money left, the husband was of the opinion that the wife opt to borrow jewelry from her close friend. She borrowed what she thought was a very expensive necklace, while at the party; she realized that the diamond necklace was no longer there. The two searched it to no vain; they were forced to take loans from their fiends to buy a necklace just like the one that got lost. To repay the loan, they worked for ten years to raise the 36,000 francs. She later finds out the necklace did not cost that much.
It is evident that Mathilde while using her gender in trying to look like other women who are from well off families landed herself as well as her husband into a longer period of toiling paying for a necklace not worthy of their efforts. In her desires, the family went into borrowing which later made it take ten years to repay the loan.
After sacrificing his money that was intended to buy a gun, her husband used it to buy her a dress, she not only didn’t show pleasure but also gratitude and demanded a jewel.
This made her husband allow her to borrow from her friend, what this depicts is that women can plunge the whole society into trouble, in this scenario, the family toiled for ten good years repaying the loan, resulting to wriggled wife that can no longer be recognized by her friend. This signifies that as much as we desire for equality and recognition in the society, the price for doing so is extremely high. These are among the sacrifices men undergo to try their level best to make the women they love feel appreciated and satisfied but most often than not, their counter parts (spouses) do not see that and will always crave for more.
This is a representation of gender roles and/or marriage from Thurber’s "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a short story that talks of a man...