Essay Confused Values in The Necklace

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Confused Values in The Necklace   To some people, class distinction is very important. Usually we think of class distinction as being of most importance to the higher classes, those who can afford to look down on the rest of the world, but sometimes this concept is of most importance to those who occupy the lower steps of society. These are the people who are stuck where they are, but feel that their true places are at the top of the social ladder. The character of Mme. Loisel in Guy de Moupassant's story "The Necklace" is one such person. She is of the lower classes, but she holds a romantic idea of what life at the top consists of, and it is one of these ideas that eventually gets her into trouble. The story starts out…show more content…
The story even points out that most women of her status are content with what they have, but she is not. Mme. Loisel dreams of living is world full of exotic luxuries, liveried servants and rich banquets. She wishes for a wonderful home full of expensive, ornamental things and closets of fine dresses and glittering jewels. Her idea of the life of an upper class woman is very romanticized and sounds like it comes directly out of a cheap novel. She wishes she was upper class so that she could have one "of the coquettish perfumed boudoirs made for talks at five o'clock with intimate friends" (p. 758). This is a sweet idea, but the chances of it being very realistic (even among the richest people) are not very good. These ideas are the ones that led to her and her husband's downfall. M. and Mme Loisel fell down the social ladder because she believed that the necklace she borrowed was made of real diamonds. Mme. Loisel believed that any piece of jewelry owned by someone as high in society as her friend Mme. Forestier must be made of real jewels. This assumption was made because she thought that if one was that high on the social ladder on would only bother to buy the best, but this is untrue. People, no matter what their status, are never too rich to not buy something they like simply because it isn't made of real diamonds. Mme. Loisel spent so much time convincing herself that something only has worth if it is expensive that she
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