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The Gift of the Magi by O Henry and The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant are two short stories that share some similarities Namely they are both ironic The two main characters in both also happen to be husband and wife and make sacrifices for their spouse The husband in The Necklace is a thrifty clerk who doesnt like to spend too much money After implored by his wife he gives her the money that he saved up for a rifle so she could buy a nice dress instead The husband in The Gift of the Magi is not cheap and is willing to spend all it takes to please his wife The wife in The Necklace is one Mathilde Loisel who longs to be a member of high society She thinks herself poor though she has a servant and is too blinded by her dream to take notice and appreciate the things she does have Though she is accustomed to a life of leisure she does work hard when she has to In The Gift of the Magi Della the wife actually does live in poverty but shes content with this as long as she and her husband are happy She is willing to do what it takes in order to keep the latter happy The irony in The Necklace becomes apparent as the very item that had brought Mathildes dream of high living to life was her and her husbands eventual downfall Mathilde loses the diamond necklace which she borrowed from her friend and the couple are forced to work for ten years to pay in full the debt they developed after buying a replacement As it is revealed in the end by Mathildes friend from whom she borrowed the necklace it was actually made of a paste a cheap substance that has the luster of diamond In The Gift of the Magi Della forgoes her most prized possession her long hair in
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