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When I first read The Necklace I hated it and hated the author for writing such a mean little story I was surprised that my ninth grade classmates liked it When I reread the story in English 113 I again disliked it and was again surprised that anyone could like such a story Unlike the first time I read it this time I thought about why I so disliked Maupassants story The reason is the storys implicit philosophical message That message is that honesty is bad that the world we live in is fundamentally malevolent where any trivial occurrence could destroy ones dreams and ambitions and that it is better to just accept what one has never aspiring for more It was suggested in class that it was Mathildes dishonesty her not telling Mrs Forrestier that she lost her necklace was her downfall But only in the most superficial sense was Mathilde dishonest She by not gushing out confessions and prostrating herself while pleading for forgiveness took responsibility for her mistakes by replacing Mrs Foresters necklace And if this is not the most honest and manly action then what is What happens as a result of Mathildes honesty She is plunged into poverty and drudgery that will take away her prized youth and beauty never to return The traditional Cinderella story is so endearing because it takes advantage of ones sense of justice By sense of justice I do not mean ones sense that all evil should be punished but ones sense that all virtue should be rewarded The story begins with an poor abused girl who is kinder and prettier then her stepsisters but because of poor circumstances her beauty goes unrecognized The storys happy end occurs when the prince finds Cinderellas feet fit the glass slipper realizes that poor Cinderella is the beauty he danced at the ball with and then takes her away to marry him In other
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