The Necklace Questions and Answers
by Guy de Maupassant

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How can I compare the settings of "The Necklace" and "Everyday Use," giving two examples from each story?

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The short story "The Necklace," by Guy De Maupassant, and the short story "Everyday Use," by Alice Walker, have many similarities. There are also many differences. In terms of the setting, both stories take place in modest dwellings, with characters who come from little money and little status in society.

In "The Necklace," Mathilde Loisel is born into a modest family and marries a man with little means and status. She feels that she was wronged by being born so humbly. She is dissatisfied with her station in life, her dwelling, clothes, and husband. In the opening paragraph of the story, this dissatisfaction is described:

"She was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as though fate had blundered over her, into a family of artisans. She had no marriage portion, no expectations, no means of getting known, understood, loved, and wedded by a man of wealth and distinction; and she let herself be married off to a little clerk in the Ministry of Education. Her tastes were simple...

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