The story of “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant tells a story of a woman, Madame Loisel, who got overly obsessive with material possessions, which ultimately lead to her downfall. Instead of being content and thankful for the position she was in, she thirsts for better and prettier things in an unhealthy manner. Madame Loisel wants to be in a higher socioeconomic class, and complains about the current status of her life. Through a series of events, she gets to live her fantasies for one night, but that night would eventually end up costing her ten years of her life. Her blind greed and clumsiness destroys everything she owned and leaves her with nothing. Madame Loisel is not a poor woman. She is married to a clerk in the Ministry of Education. They are not rich and live an ordinary life, but they do well for themselves. Maids tend to their chores and there is always food on the table. However, this is not enough for Madame Loisel. She is envious of all the women of higher class who own beautiful jewelry and colorful curtains in their homes. She craves elegance. Madame Loisel is constantly in a state of self pity and desires to be like the rich women. This desire gives her a nasty attitude. She is always complaining to her husband and can never seem to be satisfied. In a way she is also very selfish because of the way she only thinks about owning valuable things to herself. An opportunity comes for her to be elegant and she does everything possible to become beautiful. Loisel uses her husband’s saved up money to buy a dress. Then she borrows a beautiful necklace from her friend. Because of this, she lives out her dream of feeling wealthy and beautiful, and lives a night she won’t forget. Madame Loisel is successful in becoming elegant for the party and she feels truly satisfied for the first time. However, that feeling does not last when her and her husband discover that the necklace she had borrowed was gone. Out of fear, she lies to her friend to buy time to replace the missing necklace. The replacement costs way more than they imagined and end up spending ten years trying to pay off the debt. The story teaches about being greedy and how it can lead to a downfall. Because of one necklace, Loisel spends ten years working and living in poverty when she could have been living her life in satisfaction with what she had. Her desire to be wealthy without striving to work for it is the cause to her demise. Complaints after complaints without any effort to move her out of that position, only gave Loisel a negative outlook towards life. She also portrays herself to be quite whinny and annoying. Desire to be wealthy and elegant is not wrong. What Loisel did wrong is that she did not attempt to better her situation. She only complained and acted as
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…
The Necklace: A story beyond a moral lesson
The author, Maupassant, in his story “The Necklace” conveys a simple moral; one mistake can have years long detriments. Mathilde’s night of pleasure at the party and for carelessly losing the borrowed necklace led to ten years of misery which latter found to be unnecessary and could have been avoided if only Mathilde had been honest with Madame Forestier from whom she borrowed this imitation.
It gives a special lesson to people who try to impress by…
on a daily basis. Some choose to lead a life filled with good morals and the best chosen decisions, however there are those who choose the antagonist role, and fight against unnecessary outcomes. In The Necklace, Mathilde protects herself by forgoing a lifetime of savings to invest into a necklace she lost in an attempt to enhance her image. Maupassant uses strong literary devices such as irony and symbolism to signify an important truth that we must be content with who we are and what we have as…
Luxury or Affordability: Mme. Loisel’s inner conflict in Maupassant’s The Necklace
In Maupassant’s “The Necklace” Mme. Loisel lives a comfortable and affordable middle-class lifestyle, but one that she criticizes and hopes to abandon; she dreams only to live within the silk walls that only a more lavish lifestyle could bring, a lifestyle she knows could never be hers. Mme. Loisel believes that she is made for a luxurious lifestyle and therefore longs the life of an upper-class woman. Mme. Loisel’s…
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…
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…
6 February 2006
Analysis of "The Necklace"
Many women dream of living a rich life, full of luxury, riches and servants. In the short story "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant, a middle-class woman named Madame Loisel desires that life style very much. In "The Necklace" Madame Loisel's vain desires cause many conflicts and her ultimate downfall.
One small conflict in the story is Madame Loisel vs. her husband. He is always trying to make his wife satisfied and she never…
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 her station…
"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…
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…