The Complex Character of Mathilde Loisel in The Necklace Essay

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The Complex Character of Mathilde Loisel in The Necklace

The development of a character on paper is key to being able to create that character on stage. The development of character on paper is also key to understanding it in our imaginations. I read and understand stories and novels much the same way that I read a play script…through character analysis.

I believe that understanding characters in a short story, or any form of fiction for that matter, is essential to many reader’s abilities to grasp and enjoy the work.

I know in my own life I cannot connect to the plot of a story without the aid of a character. It is how the characters deal with the plot twists and turn that help emerse me in the story and mentally
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We see at the onset of this tale a set-up for her character. The author tells us of her physical beauty and charm and how she views it essentially as a curse because she had not been born into a high class family but rather a family of humbler means. Because of her families status the cruelest of fate had befallen her…there was no way she could ever release herself from the mire of what she considered poverty. Even her beauty and wit could not aid her in bettering herself because no respectable man of means would stoop so far below his station and see her as the rose among thorns that she thought she was. So she "…Let[s] herself be married to a little clerk at the Ministry of Public Instruction" (535). Clerks don’t make an incredible amount of money but they make enough to live comfortably, by my standards in any case. Mathilde had a maid that did some of the housework but she always wanted more. I think in a way she was angry at herself for allowing the marriage to take place and manifested that anger towards her husband because she felt she deserved more than he could ever offer her. It’s nothing that I can pin to anyone passage in the story but I think that throughout the first half we see evidence of Mathilde’s resentment towards her husband and their station in life.

He brings her an announcement to the party of the year, she is unhappy because she has nothing to wear and believes she will be perceived as a peasant. He gives up his gun money so that
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