A Fools Payment

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A Fools Payment A Fool’s Payment

In the short story, “The Necklace,” a greedy and selfish woman brings financial ruin upon herself and her husband. They go from a comfortable lifestyle in a slightly shabby apartment to an impoverished existence in an attic apartment. Mathilde Loisel was born to a lower middle class French family, but she wished that she could have of noble birth. Her longing for a better life caused her great grief. When she could have been happy with her situation in life, instead she would dream of a grand home and wealthy, dignified friends. When she borrowed a diamond necklace from a friend and lost it at an elegant party, she brought downfall to her husband and herself. Not only does Guy de Maupassant use the
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She also felt much remorse and often wondered “what life would have been like if she had not lost that necklace” (Maupassant 10). Perhaps though, the most regret was felt after she talked to her rich friend who revealed that the necklace had not been a diamond one, but a cheap bauble. All of the debt and problems that she and her husband had faced because of the necklace were avoidable if she had just told her friend of its disappearance earlier.

Maupassant showed that the necklace was definitely not worth the ruination that it caused the Loisels. The poverty and want that was brought about by the necessity to repay the loans taken out to pay for the replacement could have been avoided. If Mathilde had not been so foolish as to attempt to be what she was not, rich, or had told her friend the truth, then she would have saved herself and her husband from the grief and ruin it caused. Guy de Maupassant showed that the necklace not only represented the greed, ruin, and regret of a woman, but it also symbolized the crushed hopes of a woman who wanted too much from life. Hopefully, most people are happy with what life has bestowed upon the. If not, they should not attempt to gain material possessions that will only bring ruin and suffering instead of love and happiness. Bibliography:

Maupassant, Guy de. “The Necklace.”

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing Ed. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry
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