Mathilde's Life Of Unhappiness In The Necklace

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In Guy De Maupassant?s ?The Necklace,? Mathilde Loisel is a young woman who dreams of wealth and of being envied by other women. Mathilde always wants more than what she has, and refuses to adjust to her middle class status which causes her to never achieve the happiness she seeks.
At the beginning, Mathilde?s discontentment with her simple life causes her to have unrealistic dreams of wealth. She fantasizes of unattainable riches which causes her to view her life as being drab and dull. Maupassant conveys this in several different ways throughout the first paragraph. For example, ?Born, as if by an error of destiny, into a family of clerks and copyists. She had no dowry, no prospects, no way of getting know.? Given that she had no association with a rich and distinguished man, she finally settles for a marriage with a minor clerk in the Ministry of Education. Her husband?s taste is for simple possessions, while she dreams of wealth and of how other women should envy her if she could display her wealth. Maupassant compares Mathilde?s dreams of trout or the delicate wing of a quail to her husband who is satisfied with boiled beef. Her husband has adjusted to his status, while Mathilde has not.
Fantasies make her even more dissatisfied, and she punishes herself by thinking of a wealthy life. She wants to be envied and admired only for being attractive and intriguing, not for more significant qualities. Maupassant offers the reader a description of her dream world in paragraph 3:
She daydreamed of large, silent anterooms, decorated with oriental tapestries and lighted by high bronze floor lamps, with two elegant valets in short culottes dozing in large armchairs under the effects of force-air heaters. She imagined large drawing rooms draped in the most expensive silks, with fine end tables on which were placed knickknacks of inestimable value (Maupassant 5).

She spends her life daydreaming about things she can not have, and this causes her to be miserable and tormented within herself.
When the Loisels receive the dinner invitation, to the Ministry of Education Mathilde pouts. Her husband feels uneasiness when she manipulates him into buying her an expensive party dress. Instead of being delighted that her husband worked diligently to have the couple invited to a special occasion, she just throws the invitation on the table saying ?What do you expect me to do with this?? He does not understand her and can not sympathize with her unhappiness. Maupassant describes this when he states, ?He stopped, amazed and bewildered, as...

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