By Guy De Maupassant
In The Necklace, by Guy De Maupassant uses materialism, conflict and character to show how some people are never satisfied with what they have and always wanting more no matter at what cost. The story focuses on two main characters, Mathilde a very materialistic person and her husband, a clerk who is not wealthy by any means but makes enough money to get by. Mathilde is a very selfish person in the story and abuses the love that her husband has for her to try to satisfy her selfish needs. Her husband is a simple clerk who enjoys the simpler things in life.
Mathilde believes she was born in to the wrong class. Her middle class marriage was not up to her standards. Her wardrobe was too simple in her opinion and this was not satisfactory in her eyes. Mathilde did not posses any good jewelry unlike her old school friend Madame Forester. One night her husband brought home an invitation for a dinner at The Ministry of Public. Instead of being exited and looking forward with spending an evening with her husband and in a high society environment in which she believes she belongs. Her only concern is her appearance and what other people might think about her. This is reflected by the author where Loisel states, “What’s the matter? What’s the matter?” The only response from Mathilde is, “Nothing. Only I have no dress and there for I can’t go to the ball. Give your card to some colleague whose wife is better equipped than I.” This is a reflection of how materialistic Mathilde is and how she sees
her self in comparison to her friend Madame Forester and her own surroundings.
Another critical element in this story is Mathilde’s conflict with in her self. After loosing Madame Foresters diamond necklace and Loisel’s unsuccessful attempt to find it. Mathilde is faced with the realization to admit to Madame Forester that she had lost the diamond necklace or to listen to Loisels advice and...
Cited: De Maupassant, Guy. “The Necklace.” The Story and Its Writer. Ann Charters.
Boston, MA: Stratford Publishing Services, 2007. Page 838-844.
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