Can destructiontruly damage a person who continuously makes mistakes? Can destruction trulydamage a peaceful realm? The theme ofdestruction is shared between the two texts. In one of them, destruction takes place physically, through chaos and devastationto the worn-out battlefield of Sarajevo. Whereas in the other, destructiontakes place internally and emotionally; through the greed, jealousy and theunappreciative behavior of Madame Loisel.
Destruction is a dark force. However,if a light is shined on it, destruction will most certainly fade away. Thestories from The Bright Lights ofSarajevo and The Necklace comefrom two different worlds, but they both include positive morals.(Researchbackground, destruction socially(food and rationing taking away freedom, givingpeople vulnerability, impacts of war, like slows down tech, development)sDestruction tookover and had obliterated everything in Sarajevo, helping the Serbians collect the lives of innocentSarajevans through snipers and bomb shells; as easily as picking up pennies onthe ground. An evident quote (line 31)from The Bright Lights of Sarajevo toshow the mass destruction is “blood-dunked crusts of shredded bread.” From the quote, we draw a negative connotationregarding a massacre. “Blood-dunked” implies on the mass killing of people,with excess amounts of blood draining the rationed bread. “Crusts of shreddedbread” 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 implieshow the killing was uncontrolled, and people were deformed from their originalshape while they vulnerably lie on the battlefield. From both quotes, we caninfer that the war between Sarajevo and Serbia has been going on painfully fora long period of time. “Death-dark wells splashed on the pavement by Serbmortar shells” can imply on how deep the well was.
“Death-dark” also adds tosemantic field of words related to fate in this poem. Other words in thesemantic field include ‘massacre’, ‘struggle’, ‘broken’The fact that it gotdestroyed connotes on the large number of shells used in the war. The city ofSarajevo has been lay to waste by Serb mortars. On the other hand,destruction takes place emotionally in TheNecklace. The destruction ofMathilde Loisel’s emotion kicks off as she realized that her necklace had gonemissing. “Sitting disconsolately on a chair by the empty grate, her mind ablank” (line 146) states how depressed she was. She couldn’t move as she couldnot believe her eyes.
From the quote, we can infer that she was appalled whilstseeing her future as her “mind went blank”. While Mathilde waited for herhusband to do all the work for her, her mind was still tearing up staying inthe same “distracted condition” (line 150) making her go deep into sadness. Theactual atomic bomb of the destruction though was when Mathilde and her husband realizedhow much they would have to pay for the necklace knowing how much time andhardship it would take to get the money back so they would not be in debt. “Thegrim poverty which stood ready to pounce, and the prospect of all the physicalprivation and mental torture ahead” (line 178) was marking where the Loiselswould be going into poverty.” However,just like The Bright Lights of Sarajevo,the destruction would end someday. Unfortunately for Mathilde it was ten yearswhereas in Sarajevo, it was five. “Wearing down her pink nails” implies on howmuch she didn’t want to do chores and domestic work.
For Mathilde, thedestruction has affected her drastically. ” Battling, hard, uncouth housewife”(line 204) implies on how much she had changed into a person she would neverwanted to be, disgusted, old and rude.