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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 made with honesty. Mathilde and Loisel who is her husband, who works as a clerk at the Ministry of Public Instructions, were both faced with a conflict that could have been prevented. For instance, Mathilde asked her friend Mme. Forestier if she could borrow a beautiful piece of jewelry for a ball event her husband Loisel had been invited to. Unfortunately, Mathilde loses the borrowed necklace and suggest that since it belongs to her rich friend it was worth more than what they could ever afford. Mathilde and Loisel decide to not tell Mme. Forestier about the lost necklace and instead they buy her a similar one. However, the one they buy is worth a lot more than what the lost necklace was worth. They both end up working multiple jobs for 10 years in order to pay off the necklace. The moral of this story is that everyone should always speak with the truth, because Mathilde and Loisel could have avoided this conflict if only they had told Mme. Forestier about the lost necklace. Many factors such as lying, desiring other’s valuables, and being so attentive to what people might think, is a good way that a situation like Mathilde’s could have been avoided.
Lying can have consequences. Mathilde always longed to be of a higher class. She was a woman with very good looks, but she wanted more of what high-class people had in the 19th century. Loisel, who obtained two invitations to a very prestigious ball, eagerly shared with Mathilde the great news. Hoping to see her delighted, Loisel is shocked when he sees that his wife is unhappy and instead is crying because she doesn’t have anything fancy to wear. Loisel gives her 400 francs so she can purchase a simple dress. After obtaining the dress, Mathilde is again saddened because she has no fancy jewels to go with the dress. Loisel gives her the idea of asking her friend Mme. Forestier if she could borrow some jewels. Mme. Forestier gladly agrees to lend Mathilde a jewel for the ball. After having a flattering and delightful night, Mathilde had obtained what she had always desired which was; having everyone’s attention at the ball. However, when she returns home with Loisel she noticed that she had lost the necklace that her friend had so kindly lent to her. After vigorously searching for Mme. Forestier ‘s necklace, Loisel and Mathilde come to the conclusion that they will tell her that a piece of the necklace broke and that they will return it to her once it has been fixed. Here, the author shows how both Loisel and Mathilde are not being honest to Mme. Forestier...

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