Being Ungrateful

Topics: Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace, Punishment Pages: 2 (670 words) Published: March 20, 2012
Malik Lewis
Prof. La Puma
English 1121
March 13, 2012
Being Ungrateful

The “Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, is a story about a beautiful girl, named Mathilde Loisel who was born into an unfavorable family. She then got married, Monsieur Loisel who is a common clerk, who can only provide her with little things. Unhappy with her circumstances, Mme Loisel always felt beneath herself. So to become the person she wanted to be she borrowed a friends necklace for a party, she lost it, and then had to do everything she could to pay off the debt made from the replacement necklace. Maupassant shows that she had gotten exactly what she deserves for her vanity and pride. She not only was punished, but her husband’s life was also affected.

Since Mme Loisel had believed that because of her beauty she deserved to be of higher class that what she was in. She claims she had “suffered endlessly” because she felt as though she was entitled to “delicacy and luxury”. Maupassant is showing his reader how conceited Mme Loisel was being. Instead of being happy that she live in comfort, Mme Loisel dreamed of more. She dreamed of “ delicate meals” and “marvelous dishes” things that she believed she deserved just because of her beauty.

Trying to make his wife happy Monsieur Loisel came home with an invitation to a party. Instead of being happy “she flung the invitation” and “was beginning to cry. The was another example, given by Maupassant, showing Mme Loisel’s vanity, and how much she hated that fact that she couldn’t afford dresses to match her beauty. Her husband, however still tries to please her by giving her money to buy a beautiful dress. However this was still not enough because she now needed jewelry to match. Thus showing more of how she thought highly of herself just because of beauty and wanted more to mach it. She borrowed her friends necklace, and unfortunately lost it on the way home.

She bought a replacement and it caused her and her husband to be in debt....
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