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The Necklace In an article from USA TODAY Andrea Yates had everything she could want a loving husband and five children Yates had been her high schools valedictorian a nurse for eight years before getting married She was a stay at home mom that home schooled her children Yates had a history of depression voices and visions started after her first son After her fourth son she was diagnosed with postpartum depression She had many attempted suicides to her own life Doctors had diagnosed her as possibly psychotic but stable and able to begin outpatient treatment The medical staffs concern was that she would harm herself and not her children On the mourning of June 20 she drowned five of her children one by one in the family bathtub Maupassants story is the traditional Cinderella story because it 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 Maupassant takes this Cinderella story puts it in a more believable Third Republic setting and by making Mathilde slightly less perfect then the improbable Cinderella he makes Mathilde a more sympathetic and realistic character It seems as if this more realistic Cinderella story was just about over but Maupassant is not satisfied yet He takes a trivial detail Mathilde losing her necklace and uses it to yank her from her new happier life to a horrible life of poverty A world where any tiny innocent mistake can ruin your life is certainly a wicked world and it is that world that Maupassant cynically tries to show we live in In the first sentence of the story Maupassant describes Mathilde She was one of those pretty and charming women born as if by an error of destiny into a family of clerks and copyists Roberts pg 4 She deserved
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