The Necklace

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The Necklace: Mathilde’s Materialistic and Selfish Strive to a Happy Life The Necklace is a short story by Guy de Maupassant. It begins with a explanation of Madame Mathilde Loisel. Though she is young and pretty, she and her husband are not well off financially. Her husband is only a clerk in the ministry of education. Mathilde is a very worldly person who is never content with anything in her life. Her husband is not a rich man, but he brings home enough to get by. Mathilde has always dreamed of the rich life, with servants and a large house, but her lifestyle is decidedly more reserved. Her selfish attitude is apparent in her need for materialistic things in her home and in the rude manner she treats her husband. Madame Forestier an old friend who has become wealthy. Mathilde no longer visits her because their social status is not the same. One evening Mathilde’s husband brings home an invitation to a fancy dinner party. He is certain that Mathilde will be excited. However, she becomes very upset, saying she has nothing suitable to wear to such an event. Hoping to make her happy, Monsieur Loisel offers to buy her a new 400 pound dress with the money he was saving for a new gun. As the ball approaches, Madame Loisel again becomes anxious because she has no jewelry to wear to accent her new dress. When her husband suggests she borrow jewels from Madame Forestier Mathilde pays her old friend a visit. Her friend tells her to borrow any piece of jewelry that she wishes. Mathilde chooses only a beautiful diamond necklace. Madame Loisel enjoys herself greatly at the ball and many men notice her. Although her husband is asleep in another room, she dances until 4:00 in the morning. Not until they are back in their humble house does she realize that she is no longer wearing the diamond necklace. Monsieur Loisel spends several hours retracing their steps but finds nothing. They decide to buy another necklace without telling Madame Forestier the original was...
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