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Question: To what extent do the protagonists in “the Necklace” (1884) by Guy de Maupassant and “Veronica” (1990) by Adewale Maja-Pearce deserve their end?

IGCSE English Literature Section B Year 11, Graded A

Answer: In ‘Veronica’ and ‘the Necklace’, Adewale Maja-Pearce and Guy de Maupassant present tragic experiences faced by their female protagonists. These are the result of both their own personality and the society in which they live. Maja-Pearce describes a woman’s sacrifice under an obsolete, male-centered society while Maupassant explores how vanity can cause suffering.

In both stories, it is strongly implied that the societal setting largely determined the fate of the female characters. In ‘Veronica’, Adewale portrays a scene of “acute poverty” in an African village under wartime and how that affected Veronica’s life and eventually leads to her untimely death. Veronica’s speech consists only of simple vocabulary and is flawed with grammar mistake such as “what should of happened to me”. This reflects the low level of education she’s received, and adds to the imp...(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: GCSE
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 1148
  • Date submitted: March 14, 2016
  • Date written: April, 2014
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 7201

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