The Necklace

1898 WordsJul 13, 20188 Pages
Throughout the ages, literature has consistently reflected the interests and activities of a people. Therefore, some themes have been dominant in World Literature from ancient times to the present. One such theme greed and generosity, which is explored in the French short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. On August 5, 1850, Maupassant was born near Normandy, France, where he lived for the majority of his childhood. He was the first son of Laure Le Poittevin and Gustave de Maupassant, who were both from prestigious bourgeois families. When Maupassant was eleven years old, his parents were legally divorced and both he and his brother lived with their mother until the age of thirteen when he attended a Catholic seminary school. It…show more content…
Madame Loisel serves as a stark contrast to both her husband, Monsieur Loisel, and Madame Forestier, who generously allows Madame Loisel to borrow her diamond necklace. Whereas Madame Loisel dreams of magnificent multi-course meals, her husband is content with almost any food that fills his stomach. Monsieur Loisel’s complacency and contentment with his social situation causes the contrasting desires of his wife to be further emphasized (Wilson 169). Although Monsieur Loisel continuously tries to please his wife, she remains ungrateful and restless—she is never satisfied with the incredible effort he puts forth in order to make her happy. Once again trying to please his wife, Monsieur Loisel manages to receive two invitations to a formal ball held by the Ministry of Public Instruction. He has no desire to attend the ball himself, but wishes to give his wife a chance to live the life she desires, be it only for one night. Initially, Madame Loisel is unhappy with the invitation because, in her opinion, she does not possess an adequate dress for the ball. In response to this reaction, Monsieur Loisel forgoes the purchase of a hunting rifle and a trip with his comrades in order to provide his wife with an adequate gown. Once she received four hundred francs for a gown, however, she

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