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"The Necklace" By Guy De Maupassant

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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 her needs (194). Also, because of coming from a poor family, she always dreamed to have beautiful and expensive dresses, jewels, and a house which is aristocratically equipped. Certainly, her husband can not provide her those. There's one day her husband bring home an invitation to the high-rank official party which requires her to have beautiful dress and jewelry. However, her husband can only afford her the new dress, so she has to borrow the necklace. Unfortunately, after the party, she loses the necklace on the way home. She and her husband are worried that her friend will accuse them of stealing, so they find any possible ways to buy a new authentic diamond necklace, which value equal her entire property and ten year of working, to give back to her friend. By the time she pays off her debt, she realizes that her friend's necklace was faked. After reading the story, most of us think that losing the necklace is the appropriate punishment for Mme. Loisel, but, in fact, losing the necklace surprisingly changes her life and her attitude about life.
Before losing the necklace, she is an unhappy and high-demanding woman who always cares for her outside appearance. She always keeps demanding more than what she currently has. Although her husband is not aristocrat, he still gives her a comfortable life; a life in which she doesn't have to work at all and a life with a servant waiting to serve. However, she doesn't want this comfortable life, she wants more than that. She wants a luxury life; a life, as she describes, with "the long salons fitted up with ancient silk," and a life with "delicate priceless furniture" (194). Certainly, her husband can't give her those. As a result, she suffers "ceaselessly" (194). Besides high demanding, she's also a jealous woman. She's always jealous to rich woman, who has what she wants and who she thinks she is supposed to be. Because of jealousy, she feels tortured, angered, and unhappy, as the author describes, whenever she sees her "poor" house, "worn-out chair," and the "ugly curtains", whose images she thinks rich women never have them in their mind (194). Also because of jealousy, she always feels lack of confident and ashamed to confront with rich women, even with her friend. As the consequence, she never feels happy and released in her life. When her husband brings home the invitation from the Minister, instead of feeling happy as a wife of a clerk would feel, she feels painful because she'll have to meet women who coat in expensive clothing and priceless jewelry. She...

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