As Vikrant Parsai once said, ¨He who wants everything every time, will lose everything any time.¨ This quote relates to the short story, ¨The Necklace¨ by Guy de Maupassant because in the story, the main character, Mme. Loisel is focused on living a wealthier life, so she borrows a diamond necklace from a friend to look like she belongs at a fancy party. She also makes her husband buy her a new dress to wear. She dances wildly at the party, and ends up losing her ¨expensive¨ necklace. She takes loans to buy a diamond necklace to give back to her friend, and works the next ten years paying them off. She eventually tells her friend the truth, and the friend informs her that the necklace was not real diamonds, and was only paste, way cheaper. She would never of had to work so hard for the next ten years of her life, if she would have just went to the party as herself. The theme of the story, ¨The Necklace¨ is to not be greedy. Being greedy is not a good way to live your life because it will not get you anywhere. Material …show more content…
This is also what happens in ¨The Necklace¨ when Mme. Loisel thinks that having a fancy dress and a diamond necklace will make people appreciate her more at the fancy party. In the story, it talks about how she was naturally beautiful, born that way. So, if she was naturally beautiful, why would she need fancy clothes and jewelry to impress people? She thought that she needed them, so she went to the party looking like someone who she really wasn´t like in real life. She took the risk by spending the money on the dress and borrowing the expensive necklace, and in the end, the risk did not work out for her, and she lost the necklace. The loss of the necklace ended up practically ruining her life and she was unable to live the wealthy, extravagant lifestyle that she always had dreamed of. This is why material objects do not get you any specific advantages or benefits in
For starters, I liked how everyone decided their own fate in life. Also, they wouldn’t be handed anything after they chose their path for life. An example from the text is “ Tomorrow at the Choosing Ceremony , I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them”. The quote was said on page 2 by Tris. To me the choice made by every person resembled what they believed in and their characteristics inside.
In “The Necklace”, Mathilde Loisel is a woman who cannot tolerate her lower-class status, believing “herself born for every delicacy and luxury”(82). Mathilde’s vain materialistic goals, make her bitter and unhappy. The main point of irony in the story is the fact that Mathilde borrows the necklace and looses it. The necklace was very expensive, or so she thought, so she ended up in poverty
People who are driven by greed end up focusing on what they do not have instead of being grateful for what they do have. This is relevant in the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant because Mathilde Loisel ends up losing everything she owns just because she lets greed drive her decisions and get the best of her. When receiving an invitation to an extravagant ball, she declines because she says she does not have anything nice to wear. In the beginning of the short story she says, “There is nothing more humiliating than looking poor in the middle of a lot of rich women.(Maupassant).” The reader sees how she puts value in possessions and what others think of her. After finding a dress and then borrowing a necklace that she thought
Around the world, values are expressed differently. Some people think that life is about the little things that make them happy. Others feel the opposite way and that expenses are the way to live. In Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace”, he develops a character, Madame Loisel, who illustrates her different style of assessments. Madame Loisel, a beautiful woman, lives in a wonderful home with all the necessary supplies needed to live. However, she is very unhappy with her life. She feels she deserves a much more expensive and materialistic life than what she has. After pitying herself for not being the richest of her friends, she goes out and borrows a beautiful necklace from an ally. But as she
Now consider the role of Mathilde Loisel in “The Necklace”. She constantly grieves about her simple life and fantasizes about extravagant life style with rich people and food surrounding her. Her husband is a simple man and is satisfied with his life. He appreciates her for the food which is cooked and never complains. Being in the Ministry of Education their lifestyle is modest. Mathilde is not satisfied on the other hand even when her husband proudly announces that they have been invited at a formal party held by the Ministry of Education. The irony in the story is more or less the same with regard to the female characters. Mathilde cries and gets her prize in the form of a dress but she is never satisfied. She wants jewelry as well. The necklace that she borrows from Madame Forestier teaches her a lesson of life. Since she is not familiar with the real jewelry she picks the cheapest one from her collection and wears it to the party why she loses it. Upon not finding the jewelry her husband takes the pain of selling everything out just to purchase an identical necklace worth 40,000 francs which leaves them poverty stricken for the next ten years during which her husband does three jobs and
In the short story, “The Necklace”, by Guy de Maupassant, the author reveals the consequences of envy. In this story, Mathilde is a very desirous woman, who has always dreamed of a fantasy that she could not have. She is discontented and jealous of other women who are wealthy. Then one day, Mathilde fantasy became a reality, Mr. Loisel husband received an invitation to the Palace of Ministry ball. Her husband, Mr. Loisel, thought that this would make his wife very happy since that is what she spends all of her time daydreaming about. However, she reacts in a very negative way and is reluctant to attend the party due to her not having a fancy dress. Mr. Loisel sympathized with his wife and knowing he had money set aside for a new shotgun,
In "The Necklace" the authors choice of words, or diction, is very well articulated. I enjoyed this story because the narrator, Guy de Maupassant sets us so much suspense with the tone of the story. Madame Louisel essentailly loses a valuable item, or so she thought, and goes to major extents and even life-deminishing problems to just make it seem like she was not responsible enough to take care of a necklace for a night.
Mathilde finds herself dissatisfied with her life. She craves for riches and glamour. Instead of appreciating what she has, Mathilde craves for jewels and high class commodities. One day, her husband receives an invitation to a formal party, which would give Mathilde a chance to experience the luxuries of high society. However, she seems upset because she does not own a formal dress to wear to the ball. Mathilde’s husband feels compassion for her and gives her his savings to buy a new and elegant dress. The night before the ball, we noticed Mathilde’s greed when she complains that she has no ornament to put on. She arrogantly tells her husband, “It's so mortifying to look poverty-stricken among women who are rich” (Maupassant). For this reason, he then advises her to borrow some jewelry from her friend, Madam Forestier. Blinded by greed, Mathilde follows her husband’s advice and borrows what looks like a diamond necklace. At the ball, she has a great time. However, when she and her husband get home, she realizes she has lost the diamond necklace. Worried by the consequences of losing a diamond necklace, Mathilde’s husband decides to buy a new necklace by using his inheritance, getting loans, and borrowing money from acquaintances. They return the necklace to Madam Forestier and focus on paying their debt. After 10 years of hard labor and misery, they eventually pay all their debts. At the end of the short story, Mathilde finds out that the diamond necklace she borrowed was fake. Ultimately, we see how greed drove Mathilde to misery and
This excessive pride she shows gets her to realize she’ll never be rich like she wants. She will always be middle class. In addition, she runs into the lady she borrowed the jewels form and tells her about how it took her 10 years to pay it off. The author states,” Remember that diamond necklace you loaned me? Well, I lost it.
The Necklace, a short story written by Guy de Maupassant, is about a greedy woman in poverty, who learns that being selfish can hurt her and others around her. Her greedy behavior indicates that she has been struggling during her years in poverty. When she scrambled to find out her purpose in life, she portrayed anger and malevolence towards others.
“She so much longed to please, be envied, be fascinating and sought after” (de Maupassant 67). The main character desires to be at the center of attention, she wants to be coveted by others. In his fictional short story titled, “The Necklace,” Guy de Maupassant writes about how the lusting for more may cause people to be blinded and unable to see/value the treasures they already have. The story begins with an introduction of a lady who daydreams about the happiness that materialistic yearnings can bring her, forgetting her situation and social class. After taking her husband’s recommendation to borrow jewelry, specifically a diamond necklace, from her close friend Madame Forestier to wear alongside her dress at the evening reception, the main character later discovers that she had lost the necklace. Following their failure to find the necklace, Madame and Monsieur Loisel devise a plan to borrow money to replace the necklace with another and in doing so, fall into years of debt. Moreover, Maupassant uses direct characterization, imagery and situational irony to further depict why you should be grateful for what you already have before it’s too late.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away”-Maya Angelou. This quote demonstrates that life isn’t about the amount of things one has or can do, but the time one spends with joy and fun, appreciating what they can do and have. In the short story, “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant, the main character does the exact opposite of what this quote represents, she learns the hard way. Madame Loisel, the main character, doesn't appreciate her ways of living and wants something to represent the lifestyle she wants to live. Madame borrows a diamond Necklace, loses it and rather than telling the truth, she lies and buys another. She ends up wasting 10 years of her life working hard to pay off debt. Madame then finds that the diamond necklace was nothing but paste though the replacement was real. Maybe if Madame had been grateful for who she was and what she had, she would’ve lived a better life. De Maupassant uses multiple internal and external conflicts to teach the reader that people should just be grateful for who they are,what they have and what they can do.
Happiness is not a measurable profit nor is it tradeable however society seems to seek it. Material wealth does not equate to joyful feelings; they are status symbols and for short term happiness but will not guarantee a happy considering happiness does not buy bliss. The majority of the wealthy and the ones who have the most company are the unhappiest, leading them to take drastic measures to find pleasure. Being unhappy can make a person come off as dishonest, ungrateful and selfish because they are focusing on what they are missing out, instead of what they have. Guy de Maupassant and Sinclair Ross reveals through their stories The Necklace and The Painted Door that the main characters are unhappy, dishonest, and ungrateful and selfish which are among the greatest of sins and have been the downfall of many which is a useful reminder to always be thankful, care for others and to tell the truth to avoid conflicts in the future. Firstly, the unhappiest people are the ones who always undervalue what they have and overvalue what others have and they do not realize that money can not buy happiness. Madame Loisel is the main character in The Necklace and the author reveals that character is unhappy even though she married a loving husband has true beauty and is living well off but yet she is not content with her life. She is ashamed of her social standing and has always dreamed of a luxurious life. When she is invited to a ball; it upsets her because she thinks she has nothing
“She was one of those pretty and charming girls, born, as if by an accident into a family of clerks” this is what Guy de Maupassant started “The Necklace” off by saying (Maupassant 221). Also, this helps describe the main character and to give the readers a visual of Mathilde Loisel. “The Necklace” is a short story that Mathilde Loisel, the main female character, wants to be a higher class than she really is. Mathilde’s life drastically changes one night after she loses the necklace. Guy de Maupassant incorporates his use of the social class into the short story.
“The Necklace”, by Guy de Maupassant, is an interesting tale of a beautiful but spoiled woman called Madame Loisel, who borrows a diamond necklace from a friend for a ball. However, Madame Loisel loses the necklace and, consequently, buys her friend a new one as a replacement. This purchase sends her into debt for ten years, which causes her to become hard-working and less beautiful. At the end of the story, it turns out that the original necklace was a fake, worth a fraction of the one she bought. In “The Necklace”, the author uses friendship and marriage to support the idea that, in any relationship, the flaws and strengths of each individual shape the flaws and strengths of the other.