Theme of “the Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant

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Be Happy For What You Have
“The necklace” by Guy De Maupassant is a short story about being thankful for what you have. In the story a woman named Mme. Loisel feels very disconsolate because she does not have the luxuries or stature of high society. When Mme. Loisel gets the chance to go to a grand ball she buys a nice dress and borrows a diamond necklace. When Mme. Loisel loses the necklace they spend ten years paying it off. By the end of the story, Mme. Loisel learns to be happy for what she has and not dwell on what she does not have.

When the story begins Mme. Loisel longs for the riches of high society. We know Mme. Loisel is unhappy with her way of life by the sentences found in the story such as “she grieved incessantly, feeling that she had been born for all the little niceties and luxuries. All the things that other women in her class would not even had noticed, gnawed at her and made her furious” (28). You could say Mme. Loisel pitied herself because of the so little she had.

By the middle of the story, Mme. Loisel’s husband had gotten her tickets to a grand ball. He knew she longed for more riches then he could give her so he thought this would cheer her up. “He stopped talking, dazed and distracted to see his wife burst out weeping. Two large tears slowly rolled from the corner of her eye to the corner of her mouth” (29). Mme. Loisel did not wish to go to a ball where she would stick out in her plain, pauper looking cloths. So M. Loisel gives Mme. Loisel four hundred francs to go and buy a nice dress. Still with a beautiful dress Mme. Loisel was unhappy. “It’s embarrassing not to have a jewel or gem – nothing to wear on my dress. I’ll look like a pauper” (30). Mme. Loisel asked her friend Mme. Forestier if she could borrow a piece of jewelry, deciding on a diamond necklace.

The day of the ball arrived and Mme. Loisel was overjoyed because she was envied and sought after. “Mme. Loisel was a sensation; she was the prettiest one there, smiling...
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