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The irony in the short stories The Necklace and The Gift of the Magi ought to be further analyzed Through examination of this element in literature the reader can derive many morals and themes that could be useful in their own lives The Necklace is a perfect example of irony and sends many powerful messages to the reader On one level the reader learns that cheating and lying are not always the best policy Because of M and Mdm Loisels poor judgment and choice to lie to Mdm Forestier they lost everything in order to repay Mathildes friend They become even more devastated at the end of the story when Mdm Loisel approaches Mdm Forestier with the truth ten years after the initial incident Mdm Forestier replies Oh my poor Mathilde Mine was false It was worth five hundred francs at the most198 Another lesson to be learned from this story is that grace and beauty are not always the most important things in the world Mathilde was describes as one of those pretty charming young women who are born as if by an error of Fate into a petty officials family She had no dowry no hopes not the slightest chance of being appreciated understood loved and being married by a rich and distinguished man193 She had non of the things that in her mind were the most important and desirable In the end her beauty and grace was destroyed by the very things she held most dear In conclusion The Necklace sends many strong morals that can be seen from the many levels of irony in the story The Irony of The gift of the Magi gives the reader the moral that the love that come with the giving of a gift is more important than the actual object received All Della needed was 187 for her gift for Jim but what she didnt realize was that it was the care planning and
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