In “The Diamond Necklace”, Mathlide was a woman whom married a little clerk of the Ministry Of Public Instruction. She dressed plainly because she could not dress well, she was so unhappy as if she had fallen from a high station since the women there were not ranked by beauty, grace, and charm, but the family and birth. Mathilde was distressed by the bareness of the walls and ugliness of her curtains, which made her angry. Her husband was happy as all she sat and thought of was the shining silverware and dainty dinners. She had no gowns, no jewels, nothing. She loved nothing but that until they were invited to attend the ball. She cried not to go because of her lack in clothing and jewels, so her husband gave her his saving and told her to go out and purchase a pretty gown. After getting the gown she realizes she’s has no jewelry, stating there is nothing more humiliating than to look poor among a group of women who are rich. Mathilde then decides to ask a good friend whose also wealthy to borrow a nice necklace, she agreed and told her to pick one of her liking. She picked the diamond necklace, which she fell in love with. Mathilde was now prepared for the ball. The ball arrived and Mathilde was the prettiest among all the women there, she danced and had a good time while her husband was sleep in a room among with a few other husbands who’s wife is having a good time. By 4 o’clock in the morning they were heading home and happy until Mathlide started to undress and surprisingly sees she no longer wearing the diamond necklace. Instantly her and her husband starts to get distraught of wondering how could they afford to pay back Mathilde friend for this expense necklace. They ended up creating debt, for ten years to replace it when it really wasn’t worth what they thought. I believed this happened because Mathilde was so busy trying…
"The Necklace" Summary and Response
This story centers around a woman who wants a life filled with glitz and glamour. She feels as if that lifestyle was meant for her, she just was born into the wrong family; a family of clerks. She ends up marrying a clerk, but still in her adulthood still yearns for the better things in life and thinks she is more than deserving of them. Her huband brings home an invitation to a very exclusive, high class ball. To his dismay, his wife is actually sad to hear…
What is love?
Love is a very special and meaningful word to each human being. Each human being has his or her own thoughts about love to guide himself or herself to land safely and smoothly into the kingdom of Love. Without this proper idea of love, people would be acting like a blind person searching for the light with thousand of obstacles in front of him.
What is Love? I know this question exists in each human being's mind including myself. If not it is still waiting to be discovered deeply…
In the story “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant I believe that Mathilde Loisel did learn a lesson; The lesson that having material possessions doesn’t bring happiness, nor does it set you at a higher rank then someone else. Mathilde Loisel had a colossal desire to live a glamourous life and become the glamour girl. As stated in page 1, Due to her living in below middle class housing, her pondering of silk fixtures and delicate furnitures grow from a mere like, too a cry of desire (Maupassant 1)…
In the story “The Necklace” Mathilde the beautiful wife, is selfish and dissatisfied with her life style. She lives a better than average life with a servant at her beck and call and still complains about her surrounds and the fact that she only has one servant. “She suffered from the poverty of her dwellings, from the wretched look of the walls, from the worn-out chairs, from the ugliness of the curtains.” While a woman in her status would never describe their home with such…
“Suddenly she discovered, in a black satin case, a superb diamond necklace; her heart began to beat covetously. Her hands trembled as she lifted it. She fastened it round her neck, upon her high dress, and remained in ecstasy at sight of herself.
Then, with hesitation, she asked in anguish:
‘Could you lend me this, just this alone?’
‘Yes, of course.’”
In this quote, Madame Loisel is talking to Madame Forestier about a diamond necklace that she would like to borrow to attend a distinguished…
In the short story, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, we meet Mathilde, a pretty and charming women who felt she was married into a class below her. While living a comfortable life, she craves more than what she has. She spends most of her time thinking about a lavish and luxurious lifestyle, to the point that it’s everything she wants in life, but nothing she has.
The major theme in the story is how deceptive things can seem. When…
An Exploration of the Theme of Deception in Guy de Maupassant’s The Necklace
November 15, 2013
Instructor Patrice Glenn
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant tells the harrowing tale of Mathilde Loisel and her desire to move up within the ranks of French society. Though provided with her needs, Mathilde also wants the desires of her heart that her husband and his current status in life cannot provide to her. Consistently unsatisfied with…
Short Story Analysis
There are many themes intertwined in the telling of the short story “The Necklace”, by Guy de Maupassant. Two that must be considered particularly revealing are ones of envy and deceit. The main character, Mathilde Loisel, is extremely envious of other women who are wealthy. She believes that she deserves to live with worldly possessions and to be highly respected by others. She feels like she doesn’t belong with her husband, a poor clerk, who was chosen…
How Diamonds Became Forever
Mrs. Valentine Hall
23 March 2014
How Diamonds Became Forever
Everyone has heard the phrase “A Diamond Is Forever.” But why exactly is a diamond
forever? Is it because it is supposedly the “rarest gem” and the international, crosscultural sign
of eternal love? Actually, the diamond is forever because of De Beers company’s incredibly
successful marketing scheme in the 1940’s…