by Guy de Maupassant
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin
- Robert Browning
"The Pied Piper of Hamelin" is a classic narrative poem about a man who is asked to rid a town of its rats. But when the greedy mayor won't pay, the Pied Piper takes revenge by luring the townpeople's children away.Pair “The Necklace” with “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” and ask students to discuss how the theme of greed develops in each text. How does each text portray material wealth? Who is the true victim of greed in each text?
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
- Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde is best known for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his witticisms, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. In this short story, Lord Arthur Savile receives an ill fortune and then struggles to fulfill this destiny so he may marry. “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” is a comedic illustration of the power of suggestion and self-fulfilled prophecy.Pair “The Necklace” with “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” and ask students to compare the structure of each story. What is the purpose of the twist at the end of each story? What do they teach us? Why does each protagonist commit so fully to what they believe is true?
The Model Millionaire
- Oscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854B1900) was an Irish author and playwright who is most famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. “The Model Millionaire” is a about an average man whose generosity produces an unexpected outcome.Pair “The Model Millionaire” with “The Necklace” to show students how greed and generosity can make a huge difference in our lives.
The Fisherman and His Wife
- The Brothers Grimm
Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), also known as the Brothers Grimm, were German academics and authors who specialized in the collection and publication of folklore. In this story, a fisherman catches a magical fish who grants wishes—perhaps too many.Pair “The Necklace” with “The Fisherman and His Wife” and ask students to discuss greed in each story. How does excess lead to the main characters’ downfalls? How are the wives and husbands portrayed in each text?
The Million Pound Bank Note
- Mark Twain
In this classic example of Twain comedy, a man gains fame and fortune simply because he is in possession of a large bank note -- without spending a single cent.Pair “The Million Pound Bank Note” with “The Necklace” to show students how greed and generosity can make a huge difference in our lives.
Excerpt from 'A Christmas Carol': Marley's Ghost
- Charles Dickens
In the first chapter of A Christmas Carol, titled “Marley’s Ghost,” a greedy old miser by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge is visited in the night by an old friend, who warns him to change his ways before it is too late.Pair “The Necklace” with “Excerpt from A Christmas Carol: Marley’s Ghost” and ask students to discuss greed in each story. How does excess impact the main characters? How do the two authors portray the wife and Scrooge in each text?
A Dead Woman's Secret
- Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant was a popular French writer during the 19th century and considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. In this story, a brother and sister mourn the passing of their saintly mother and uncover a shocking secret.Pair “The Necklace” with “A Dead Woman’s Secret” and ask students to compare these two texts by the same author. Are there any similar devices or themes in these texts?
Hearts and Hands
- O. Henry
In “Hearts and Hands,” a young woman encounters an old friend on the train.Pair these two texts and have students discuss the motives behind gaining money. Connect the motives of the woman in “The Necklace” and Easton’s motives for making money. Does our desire to make money ultimately ruin us?
Klondike Gold Rush
The informational text “Klondike Gold Rush” discusses the vast number of miners who traveled to Yukon in 1897, hoping to find gold.Pair “The Necklace” with “Klondike Gold Rush” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the consequences of the pursuit of riches. How does Mathilde’s interest in appearing wealthy compare to the miners’ interest in finding gold? How are both impacted by their interest in wealth?
Why This Controversial German Woman Turned Her Back on Money For 16 Years
- Mandi Woodruff
In the informational text “Why This Controversial German Woman Turned Her Back On Money For 16 Years,” Mandi Woodruff discusses what motivated Heidemarie Schwermer to live without money.Pair “The Necklace” with “Why This Controversial German Woman Turned Her Back On Money For 16 Years,” and ask students to discuss the ways money impacts happiness. Do the women in these two texts have control over their own happiness or are they controlled by their financial situations?
Primary Friend Study Finds Class, Not Ethnicity, Divide
- BBC News
In “Primary Friend Study Finds Class, Not Ethnicity, Divide,” research reveals how social class influences the friendships people make.Pair “The Necklace” with “Primary Friend Study Finds Class, Not Ethnicity, Divide” and ask students how Mathilde feels left out because of her social class. What does “The Necklace” reveal about the consequences of believing one class is better than another? How do both texts show the importance that people place on appearances?