Instructor Roger Wooten
8 February 2015
Analysis of Mme. Loisel
Mme. Loisel is the main character in a story called “The Necklace” written by Guy De Maupassant. Mme. Loisel is a woman unhappy with who she is and what she has in life, wanting and dreaming of more which cost her more that she could have ever imagined.
The character of Mme. Loisel is that of a woman who feels as though she was born into a life she did not belong. She let herself be married to a little clerk her provided her with the essentials to live. Yes, she lived in poverty and instead of appreciating the simple things in life, like the roof over her head, the clothes she did ...view middle of the document...
She does just that and her friend is more than happy to lend her something to wear. “Whereas before she was filled with “grief, regret, despair, and misery,” with Madame Forestier's jewels about her neck Madame Loisel is “elegant, graceful, smiling, and quite above herself with happiness.” It is the necklace that transforms Madame Loisel into such a success. Her possession of the necklace, however, is known to be temporary—unlike her dress or her memories of the ball, she cannot hold onto it.” (Pierce)
Mme. Loisel and her husband attended the ball. She lived a night of a fantasy, ignoring her husband who fell asleep at midnight while she enjoyed her (fake) self until 4 a.m. At this point her considerate husband threw some wraps around her to keep her warm in the wee hours and she wanted to escape as fast as possible before someone saw her in them. Due to her rush, by the time she got home and wanted to look at herself one more time in the mirror she realized she had lost the necklace that her kind friend had lent her. Distraught now her husband again wants her to be happy. He travels on foot to try and find the necklace, goes to the police, the cab companies, the news and everything. Finally the next day (after lying to her friend and saying it the clasp was being fixed) they took the box it came in and brought it to the jeweler whose name was in it who claimed he did not sell the necklace. They then went to different stores and came across one that looked just like it. Due to Mme. Loisel not...