Compare "The Necklace" with "The Gift of Magi."
"The Necklace" and "The Gift of the Magi" are both short stories with ironic twist endings and themes of poverty. However, the tones of the two stories are different. Where the characters in "The Gift of the Magi" are motivated by their love for each other, Mathilde Loisel in "The Necklace" is driven by vanity and pride.
Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace " and O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" are both short stories, famous for their ironic twist endings. Furthermore, both stories are heavily concerned with themes of socioeconomic frustrations and poverty. In "The Necklace," Mathilde Loisel, desiring the glamor and status associated with wealth, borrows a diamond necklace from a friend. When she loses the necklace (and purchases a new necklace to replace the old one), this sequence of events pushes the...
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