This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Guy De Maupassant's "The Necklace". Essay

1030 words - 4 pages

In Guy De Maupassant's "The Necklace", the author uses various material objects to reveal Mathilde Loisel's superficial personality. Mathilde, "born, as if by error of destiny, into a family of clerks and copyists" always wanted to be a part of the elite in the Champs-Elysees. Mithilde, a woman with servants to do many of her chores would be considered by many modern women to have a pretty spoiled life. This to us a luxury, apparently is not enough for the unappreciative Mrs. Loisel. As an engineer of the home, Mathilde relied on the means of her clerk husband for support. He provided her with a shelter over her head, food on the table, and clothes on her back. For this, many would be grateful but for Mrs. Loisel this brought shame and depression. For she figured she should be embellished in the materials of the rich rather than that of a theater dress, a shawl, and a buggy that her poor husband was providing.Mithilde Loisel contained a burning desire to mingle with the prestigious and live an expensive life. She squabbled day after day in misery of what she did not have rather than enjoying what she did. Not once did she lift a finger to attempt to aid in her financial growth but rather spent her time complaining about her meaningless poor life. She envied her rich friend Mrs. Forresterier and often considered breaking their ties due to the difference in their financial standings. She was appreciative of nothing but money and surpassed the truly important things in life. She had a husband he loved her dearly and who gave his all to make her happy. Her husband saw her sorrows and gave her a chance to mingle with the people who she felt she rightfully belonged. When this chance arose once again she did nothing but weep. She could not attend for she did not in her opinion have the appropriate attire. Her husband again sacrificing his needs and wants gave his wife four hundred francs that he had saved for a vacation. This turnover of money for the husband symbolized his love for his wife, for it was more important for him to see her happy than for him to be able to enjoy something he had earned. On the other hand this money would buy the new dress that symbolized Mrs. Loisel's materialistic needs and superficial desires to be among the wealthy. Even a fancy dress and an exhilarating night out could not satisfy the needs of Mathilde. She still needed a "diamond' necklace which she would borrow from her rich friend. This necklace would prove to show that what one may dream to have can possibly be obtainable when the correct sacrifices are made.Once at the party dazzled in her elegant dress and her sparkling jewels, Mathilde proves successful with her charm told to the reader by the storyteller. She mingled with the rich the entirety of the night while her husband slept in an...

Find Another Essay On Guy De Maupassant's "The Necklace".

Write a literary insight essay about Guy De Maupassant's short story "The Necklace"

443 words - 2 pages In Guy De Maupassant's short story "The Necklace", the main character, Mathilde Loisel, makes several ironic discoveries. These discoveries form the story's climax and produce a surprising ending. However, the central discovery of the story, that the jewel is fake, is, perhaps, not the most important point of the story. The point of the story is that pride goes before a fall.In the opening paragraph of the story, the author immediately tells us

Mathilde's Inability to Accept Destiny in Guy de Maupassant's The Necklace

1068 words - 4 pages Mathilde's Inability to Accept Destiny in Guy de Maupassant's The Necklace Many people born into the middle to lower class of society come to accept their lot in life and make the best of it, Mathilde, the main character in Guy de Maupassant's short story, 'The Necklace', is not one of these people. Mathilde felt that she was attractive and that fate must have made a mistake in birthing her into a family that could not provide a suitable

Guy De Maupassant The Necklace

784 words - 3 pages The Facts of LifeIn Guy de Maupassant's, "The Necklace", the author utilizes the third person narrator throughout the story to refrain from showing any judgment towards the character or their actions. At the same time, the author still had the ability to enter the thoughts of his characters to portray the feelings that the characters were going through in the story. This helped understand the changes in feelings and the importance of the theme

Guy De Maupassant’s The Necklace

1151 words - 5 pages Reading Questions 1. Guy De Maupassant’s tone in The Necklace, while objective, is a criticizing tone towards the character Mathidle. Maupassant describes Mathidle’s feelings and gives the reader the impression that he is annoyed with Mathidle’s attitude. “She grieved incessantly, feeling that she had been born for all the little niceties and luxuries of living. She grieved over the shabbiness of her apartment, the dinginess of the walls, the

The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant

1679 words - 7 pages “Being Honest is Always Best” Telling the truth will always prevent future conflicts. Author Guy De Maupassant who lived from 1850 to 1893 proves in the story of “The Necklace,” that no matter how bad a situation is, speaking with the truth is always best. Now, this author does not prove this theme directly. Instead, throughout various situations in the story the main characters are faced with a long-term conflict because decisions were not

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

787 words - 3 pages The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant ?The Necklace? The theme of Guy de Maupassant story ?The Necklace? seems to be suggested by the line, ?What would have happened if Mathilde had not lost the necklace??. Mathilde Loisel grew up in poverty and had no expectations in life. When she got married, her and her husband would sit around the dinner table and imagine they were eating a luxurious meal. They would imagine

The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant

951 words - 4 pages can revamp your life. Guy de Maupassant, the author of “The Necklace” uses literary devices to prove people come before materialistic items. A common literary device, symbolism is used in this story. Symbolism is when something has a greater meaning within itself. The example of this in the story is the necklace. When looking at necklaces at Madame Forestier she finds one that just jumps out at her. She believes it is everything she wants in

The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant

1520 words - 7 pages In Guy De Maupassant short story, “The Necklace,” he uses the necklace as a symbol of deceptive appearance. There is proof in this story that one’s appearance can be deceiving. The significance of theme is that throughout, it reveals which is that looks can be deceiving. Mathilde and the necklace itself are two pieces of evidence that shows that appearances can be deceiving. The reader gets the impression, from the author’s description of the

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

1354 words - 5 pages Honesty can prevent years of misery, guilt and regret which Guy de Maupassant depicts throughout “The Necklace.” Guy de Maupassant, a French writer, born in 1850, was considered one of France’s greatest short-story writers. His writings were mostly influenced by the divorce of his parents when he was thirteen years old and by great writers such as Shakespeare, Schopenhauer, and Flauber. His parent’s divorce caused his stories to depict

"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

1052 words - 4 pages In "The Necklace", Guy de Maupassant creates an irony about the Mme. Loisel, who always dreams she would live in a luxury life, which later costs her ten years of working to pay off for what she dreams for. Mme. Mathilde Loisel was born in a poor family, so she dreamed someday she would have a husband who is "rich and distinguish" (194). Unfortunately, she ends up getting married to, as the author describes, a "little clerks" who can't satisfy

The Life of Guy de Maupassant Exposed in The Necklace

2400 words - 10 pages The life of an author may often reflect through their works. This is the case in the short story, The Necklace, written by Guy de Maupassant. An ironic and a self-explanatory tale, The Necklace is written filled with twists that might just make you doubt your stand in life. Characters which anyone might not think much about, symbols that many seem to miss, and principles that few seem to understand, The Necklace might just be short but with it

Similar Essays

Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace Essay

1441 words - 6 pages What if Mrs. Loisel told the truth to her friend? In Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace” there are many examples of irony and symbolism that can help the reader understand the story more. There are two examples of irony in the short story, which are looks are deceiving and lying is never the answer. There are also three examples of symbolism in the short story, which are that the necklace symbolizes Mrs. Loisel, her life style, and

The Development Of Irony In Guy De Maupassant's "The Necklace"

538 words - 2 pages Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" is situational ironywritten in 1884. The story was written in a time when there were verydistinct social classes primarily determined by one's birth. It is abouta woman who can not come to terms with her position in the middleclass. Although she knows she can not escape her class, sherefuses to accept it gracefully. It is through Matilde that Maupassantdevelops the story's irony. This is reflected through

Irony And Foreshadowing In Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace

878 words - 4 pages If you have something already should be proud of what you have and not think of all the things you think you deserve because you can't get what you don't have without giving effort and the final result will be worse. Guy de Maupassant's parents got divorced when he was 11 and his mother was raising him alone. He always looked differently at the rich, so he decided to write a short story on how people should treat everything they have with care

The Value Of Possessions Examined In Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace

800 words - 3 pages The Value of Possessions Examined in Guy de Maupassant's Short Story, "The Necklace" The late Irish poet Oscar Wilde once stated, "In the world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it" (qtd. in The Quotations Page). This quote accurately describes human nature to the extent that man is never fully satisfied with his current possessions. In fact, most people who rely on materialistic