The Theme Of Greed In The Necklace By Guy De Maupassant

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In the famous short story, The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant portrays a girl named Mathilde who expects everything to be handed to her on a silver platter. Mathilde believes that she is too beautiful to be poor even though she is not very poor. She has a comfortable life, but her greed gets the best of her. Mathilde’s husband wants to please her, she gives her as much as he can to make her happy. She still wants more, and this causes her to end up with less money that she did before. Mathilde has to endure hard labor for many years because of her greediness. Maupassant uses irony to develop the theme of the danger of greed in The Necklace by showing Mathilde’s wish for happiness, love for money, and focus of appearances. Mathilde thinks that happiness comes from material things which is why she wishes to be rich. She believes that the only way to be happy is to be rich. Her greediness causes her to lose any chance of happiness she has in her day to day life. Mathilde wants the fanciest jewels and nicest dresses. “Only I have no gown, and, therefore, I can’t go to this ball” (Guy de Maupassant 333). Her husband invited her to a ball. Her excuse not to go was that she did not have a luxurious dress or fancy jewels, so her husband gave her his savings for the dress and she borrowed a necklace from her friend. She lives the life she wants to live for a night but loses the necklace. If she would have been appreciative of her items and went to the ball in her nice dress, she

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