Can destruction
truly damage a person who continuously makes mistakes? Can destruction truly
damage a peaceful realm?  The theme of
destruction is shared between the two texts. 
In one of them, destruction takes place physically, through chaos and devastation
to the worn-out battlefield of Sarajevo. Whereas in the other, destruction
takes place internally and emotionally; through the greed, jealousy and the
unappreciative behavior of Madame Loisel. Destruction is a dark force. However,
if a light is shined on it, destruction will most certainly fade away. The
stories from The Bright Lights of
Sarajevo and The Necklace come
from two different worlds, but they both include positive morals.

(Research
background, destruction socially(food and rationing taking away freedom, giving
people vulnerability, impacts of war, like slows down tech, development)s

Destruction took
over and had obliterated everything in Sarajevo,  helping the Serbians collect the lives of innocent
Sarajevans through snipers and bomb shells; as easily as picking up pennies on
the ground.  An evident quote (line 31)
from The Bright Lights of Sarajevo to
show the mass destruction is “blood-dunked crusts of shredded bread.”  From the quote, we draw a negative connotation
regarding a massacre. “Blood-dunked” implies on the mass killing of people,
with excess amounts of blood draining the rationed bread. “Crusts of shredded
bread” can imply on the lack of food and the suffering that the people receive.
In addition, “lay on the pavement with the broken dead” from line 32 implies
how the killing was uncontrolled, and people were deformed from their original
shape while they vulnerably lie on the battlefield. From both quotes, we can
infer that the war between Sarajevo and Serbia has been going on painfully for
a long period of time. “Death-dark wells splashed on the pavement by Serb
mortar shells” can imply on how deep the well was. “Death-dark” also adds to
semantic field of words related to fate in this poem. Other words in the
semantic field include ‘massacre’, ‘struggle’, ‘broken’The fact that it got
destroyed connotes on the large number of shells used in the war. The city of
Sarajevo has been lay to waste by Serb mortars.

 

On the other hand,
destruction takes place emotionally in The
Necklace.  The destruction of
Mathilde Loisel’s emotion kicks off as she realized that her necklace had gone
missing. “Sitting disconsolately on a chair by the empty grate, her mind a
blank” (line 146) states how depressed she was. She couldn’t move as she could
not believe her eyes. From the quote, we can infer that she was appalled whilst
seeing her future as her “mind went blank”. While Mathilde waited for her
husband to do all the work for her, her mind was still tearing up staying in
the same “distracted condition” (line 150) making her go deep into sadness. The
actual atomic bomb of the destruction though was when Mathilde and her husband realized
how much they would have to pay for the necklace knowing how much time and
hardship it would take to get the money back so they would not be in debt. “The
grim poverty which stood ready to pounce, and the prospect of all the physical
privation and mental torture ahead” (line 178) was marking where the Loisels
would be going into poverty.”  However,
just like The Bright Lights of Sarajevo,
the destruction would end someday. Unfortunately for Mathilde it was ten years
whereas in Sarajevo, it was five.  “Wearing down her pink nails” implies on how
much she didn’t want to do chores and domestic work. For Mathilde, the
destruction has affected her drastically. ” Battling, hard, uncouth housewife”
(line 204) implies on how much she had changed into a person she would never
wanted to be, disgusted, old and rude.  

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