The Necklace: The Downfall Of Mathilde Loisel Essays

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The Necklace: The Downfall of Mathilde Loisel Jealousy and envy are among the greatest of sins and have been the down fall of many. Maupassant's "The Necklace" is the story of a woman who is overcome with jealousy and envy. Mathilde Loisel feels she has been cheated by life from all of the wonderful things it has to offer. The reader learns how these qualities in Mme. Loisel come back to haunt her for many years as the story unfolds with an ironic ending. Mathilde Loisel, as the main character of the story, is truly believable. She is described as "one of those pretty and charming girls who are sometimes, born into a family of clerks"(900). The author describes how she suffers from her lifestyle of being…show more content…
She felt that she deserved these things. The plot grows completely out of the personalities of the characters. As the story opens, Mme. Loisel's husband comes home with an invitation to a ball at the palace. He had hoped that this invitation would lift Mme. Loisel's spirits but it had an opposite effect. She insisted that she could not go because she had nothing to wear. Mme. Loisel's husband reluctantly gave her the money he had been saving for a gun so she could buy a "suitable" dress. Next, Mme. decided that she would rather not go than go without jewelry. Her husband suggested that she borrow a piece from her friend, Mme. Forestier. Mme. Forestier allowed Mme. Loisel to borrow "a superb necklace of diamonds"(902). Mathilde Loisel had a wonderful time at the ball. "She danced with intoxication, with passion, made drunk by pleasure, forgetting all, in the triumph of her beauty, in the glory of her success, in a sort of cloud of happiness composed of all this homage, of all this admiration, of all these awakened desires, and of that sense of complete victory which is so sweet to a woman's heart"(902). Upon arriving home, Mme. Loisel realized that the wonderful necklace she borrowed from Mme. Forestier was gone! Mathilde and her husband looked everywhere but could not find the necklace. Mathilde called Mme. Forestier and told her that she had broken the clasp of the necklace and was having it fixed for her. The next day,
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