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This theme is prevalent in Maupassants stories which make us question if money is evil. Two stories related to this topic are The Jewels and Life in the Country.

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It has been said that money is the root of all evil, but this is not always the case; in Maupassant's stories. Examine how social and historical circumstances in two of his stories make us question whether money is the root of all evil. "For the love of money is the root of all evil." -1st Timothy 6:10 This theme is prevalent in Maupassant's stories which make us question if money is evil. Two stories related to this topic are 'The Jewels' and 'Life in the Country'. The aim of these stories is to challenge our beliefs. We morally question our own judgements - this is what makes the writing so interesting and perhaps more realistic than other authors. Life in the Country is about two farming families in the Normandy countryside; the Tuvaches and the Vallins, who live in neighbouring cottages. These families have four children each, but they merge so closely that 'the two mothers were none too sure which of the heaving brood were theirs and which were not.' One day an upper class couple; Monsieur and Madame d'Hubi�res, stop at the cottage so Madame d'Hubi�res can kiss the 'pretty' children. ...read more.

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She soon begins to visit the Theatre on a regular basis and acquires a passion for wearing jewellery which makes Monsieur Lantin uneasy. Madame Lantin becomes more and more obsessed by her jewels, after a night out at the theatre Madame Lantin 'died of pneumonia.' Monsieur Lantin is heart-broken, and 'very nearly followed her to the grave.' He soon struggles to make ends meet and decides to 'dispose of his wife's trash' (how he referred to Madame Lantin's supposedly 'imitation jewellery'). He takes 'the large necklace which she had seemed to like the best' to a jeweller where it is valued at a very high price. He is astonished; he takes the necklace to another shop, where it is valued at an even higher price. More surprising still, the jeweller claims that the necklace was bought at his shop. The jeweller reveals that the necklace was bought for Madame Lantin and sent to the house. Monsieur Lantin is 'completely dumbfounded,' and finally the truth about his wife's jewels and, more importantly, how she came to own them dawns on him. He faints. ...read more.

Conclusion

Maupassant was said to be a womaniser in his time and yet has no recorded children, so perhaps this was a problem that he too faced. Another similarity between the story 'Life in the country' and Maupassant's own life was that Jean moved away from home at a young age to be educated much like Maupassant who attended boarding school from a young age. I do not believe that money is the root of all evil. I don't believe it because all is a very inclusive word, and your reaction to such a thing like money, much depends on your strength of character and circumstances. I think the quote from the bible, 'the love of money is the root of all evil' is much more accurate, but further still would be that to care for money is evil. Because Madame Tuvache didn't get money to love, but she still went slightly evil, because she cared for money. But then again, if you didn't care for money, you'd probably be in the gutter. The subject is generally somewhat inconclusive, I think that money does not matter, what matters is your reaction and your intensions. ...read more.

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