Compare the husband and wife relationships in “the necklace” and Desiree’s baby. Lewis Hooper. “The necklace” is about a lady who loses a necklace she borrowed off of someone, and then finds out it was only worth 500 franks. After she splashes out 36,000 franks on one. This all started after mathilde wanted to go to the ball where only rich and well off people went, and mathilde thought she deserved more than what she had. “Desiree’s baby” is about a lady called Desiree who was abandoned as a baby and everyone thought she had a mixed race origin until she had her first child.
“The necklace” was written by Guy de – Maupassant in the 1800s. “Desiree’s baby” was written by Kate Chopin in the 1800s. The society at the time in the 1800s was that the women were very dependant on the husband especially fanatically. Also the women would stay at home and cook and clean the house for the husband while they were out working, bringing in the money for food and luxuries. I would say my thoughts towards the two relationships are as followed. In “The necklace” mathilde treats her husband horribly and her husband loves her dearly and would do anything for her.
In “Desiree’s Baby” Desiree and her husband get on really well until they have had there first child, then there relationship was falling apart rapidly. When Armand falls in love he feels happy with adrenalin pumping through his veins rapidly “Fell in love as if struck by a pistol shot. ” This tells us that he is over the moon and could want nothing more. Also he comes across as a kind and generous man. Desiree’s feelings are some what different than Armand’s. She feels happy and exited too, but is nervous because she does not know about her background and what might happen.
The couple are not happy at the beginning and they could not possibly want anything more. The differences in the relationships of Armand and Losels are Desiree loves Armand and is grateful for what she has got. Loisel loves Mathilde more than anything else in the world; however Mathilde does not feel the same way. Mathilde thinks this is a let down and she deserves more than what she has got, and this is torture. ” Tortured her and made her angry” she got angry because she deserved more than the dump she has got.
Loisel wanted to marry Mathilde, because she was so beautiful and the best thing that had ever happened to him, “she was one of those pretty and charming young creatures. ” This tells us that she would not normally go for a man his appearance. “Mathilde allowed herself to be married” means she allowed herself to be married to a low standard and without consent of her parents. Mathilde takes Loisel for granted and he gives into her without taking timeout to think. Also she is married to Loisel because of the money so she can buy new things for herself, and so she does therefore not have to live with her parents or on her own.
When Armand realises that the baby is not white he treats her as if he does not care about her. This is because Armand blames Desiree for the babies mixed race blood because she was abandoned as a baby. “It means the child is not white, it means you are not white” this is showing us how Armand treats Desiree and how he blames her for the baby and being white. Desiree reacts quite badley,because she thinks that she is white ” Look at my hand whiter than yours Armand” She is trying to tell Armand that it is not her that has a mixed origin and it is in fact Armand.