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"The Necklace": Mathilde Loisel Essay

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In the story “The Necklace”, the author Guy De Maupassant tells an intriguing story. The story focuses around the painful life of a beautiful woman, Mathilde Loisel. Mathilde Loisel is an arrogant and greedy woman who is never content with anything in her life. Her traits are shown through her unhappy manner towards her middle class life. Her arrogant and selfish ways eventually forces her to learn a painful and expensive lesson late in her life.
Mathilde Loisel is a round character whose ego is mainly revealed in her bitterness of her surroundings. Mathilde gradually becomes depressed at her ordinary and uneventful life spent with her husband while dreaming of delicacies and luxuries. She ...view middle of the document...

Mathilde does not sacrifice purchasing a cheaper dress and saving some money for her husband; she spends all her husband’s savings and in addition, she asks for jewels. Mathilde gives no love, praise or thanks to any of the sacrifices he husband has made for her. When Mathilde visits Mrs. Forrestier, she does not pick out the best piece of jewelry out of the box. This reflects that Mathilde would try anything to appear marvelous in the dinner. She does not consider if she is able to repay the necklace if it is lost. Sure enough, Mathilde has a blast at the dinner party.
“She danced ecstatically, drunk with pleasure, unmindful of all else in the triumph of her beauty, in the pride of her success, in a cloud of happiness made up of this universal homage and admiration orf the desires she had aroused, of the completeness of a victory so dear to her feminine heart.” (pg 698)However, the “victory so dear to her feminine heart” (pg 698) did not last long. She lost what she thinks is the most valuable object she’s ever wore: the necklace.
Mathilde continues to boss her husband around as she orders him to trace down where the necklace is lost while she waits at home. Mathilde does not inform Mrs. Forrestier, which would have saved more than ten...

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