The Irony Of The Necklace Essay

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During the course of Guy de Maupassant's short story "The Necklace," the main character, Matilda Loisel, makes a number of ironic discoveries. In addition, there are other discoveries that the reader makes but Matilda does not. The discovery that forms the story's climax concerns the true nature of the necklace she has borrowed from her friend Mrs. Forestier. However, this is perhaps not the most important lesson of this story.As the story opens, Matilda, a young lower middle-class wife who desires to join in upper class, is invited to a high-society affair given by her husband's employer. Hoping to show off to other guests, she borrows a beautiful diamond necklace from her friend, Madame Forestier. Unfortunately, ...view middle of the document...

I think the necklace is not the most important part of the story. In the beginning, Matilda felt disgruntled with her husband and his lifestyle because she was vain; she felt she had deserved to be rich and live fulfilling. She felt she could not attend the Minister's party without a fancy dress with ornaments; she should never have sought to borrow a necklace so luxurious she could not meet the expense to replace it. She felt she could not tell Mrs. Forestier about the loss of the necklace, even after it had been replaced, because she was too proud and too frightened to tell the truth. Over the ten years it took Matilda to earn enough money for it; she certainly learns about the hardships of life. However, she didn?t learned what caused all of her hardships. She had wasted her life and her beauty because of her false pride. If she was honest enough, then she wouldn?t have wasted the price or her life.The advice that Maupassant seems to give us in "The Necklace" is "Don?t get aspire for more then you have, it will ruin you," and he gives Mathilda as his example. In the first sentence of the story is "She was one of those pretty and charming women, born, as if by an error of destiny, into a family of clerks and copyists." She was one of those rare human beings capable of enjoying life?s finer pleasures. She had all the feminine virtues: beauty, grace, charm, an inborn finesse, and an engaging personality. She yearns to use these talents, if only she could have her chance. She finally does get the chance when she go to the Ministry of Education Ball. For this one night of glory, she have taken away her own bare middle-class life and plunges her into poverty.

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