Vanity, The Necklace, By Guy De Maupassant

1150 WordsJan 31, 20165 Pages
Abstract This paper explores the concepts of vanity and falsity throughout society and the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. In this short story some themes that are displayed are the falseness of appearances, the vulnerabilities of exaggeration, and the impression of power placed within an object. Vanity is placed in the short story through showing that her pride causes her to have this constant discomfort in her life. Towards the end of the story it shows the consequences of her vanity or the fulfillment she hope to have. Falsity is displaced by when her and her husband go to the Education Ministry Ball she poses herself to be rich but in reality she is poor. Keywords: falsity, vanity Introduction In the short story "The Necklace" there are different themes that are displayed, which are falseness of appearances, the vulnerabilities of exaggeration, and the impression of power placed within an object. The main character Mathilde Loisel portrays the qualities of being vain and false. Mathilde vain quality comes from her pride which causes her to have this constant discomfort in her life. Which later in the story it shows the consequences of her vanity when she loses the necklace. The falsity quality is when Mathilde and her husband go to the Education Ministry Ball she poses herself to be rich and elegant but in reality she is poor. These concepts of vanity and falsity by choice are implemented in today 's society as well as throughout the short story "The
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