The Downfall of a Mythological Hero

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The Downfall Of A Mythological Hero.
Mathilde Loisel, the hero of the short story The Necklace, is quite often used as an example of women`s greed. Her tragic downfall is found ridiculous and hilarious by many. It can be said that Mathilde weighing her fancies and fantasies more than her real life resulted in her downfall. However she faced it courageously. Her ignorance resulting in the downfall of her poor innocent husband is highly dramatic and creates a negative image of the protagonist in front of the audience. As a result, Mathilde Loisel, by all means, fits into the model of a mythological hero.

A mythological hero of any myth is always courageous no matter how hard the situation burdens him. Mathilde also possesses the same quality. When she realised the necklace was lost she didn`t cry or gave up her thought. She tried bravely to overcome her struggled mind. We can find the very same braveness from her part when she enters “the ghastly life of abject poverty” as defined by Maupassant (page 8). “From the very first she played her part heroically” says the author (Maupassant 8). All these acts of her can be considered courageous and compared to that of a mythological hero.

Mathilde dreams her life to be a fairy tale; she lives in another supernatural world. Her thought seem supernatural to others similar to that of a mythological hero. We can see her daydreaming throughout the story. The narrator explains: “She imagined silent antechambers, heavy with Oriental tapestries, lit by torches in lofty bronze sockets, with two tall footmen in knee-breeches sleeping in large arm-chairs, overcome by the heavy warmth of the stove. She imagined vast saloons hung with antique silks, exquisite pieces of furniture supporting priceless ornaments, and small, charming, perfumed rooms, created just for little parties of intimate friends, men who were famous and sought after, whose homage roused every other woman`s envious longings. ” (Maupassant) A...
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