Ms. Marina Spears English 1102 Research Paper 22 April 2014 Symbolism in The Necklace
Many times in life we feel as if we do not fit in that is just a natural thing. We may be at a fancy restaurant or at a classy party, but there are moments in our life where we feel as if we do not belong amongst the company that surrounds us. In The Necklace, readers are swept away by a story of a woman who is in that same situation. Mathilde Loisel is a pretty woman who was unfortunately born into a not so wealthy family. She has always dreamed of having nice, expensive things, but could not afford them. It is this reason that she does not want to attend an exclusive party because she does not have nice things to wear and feels as if she will not look as beautiful as the other woman that will be in attendance. Her aspirations of having nice things lead to greed, insecurity, and sacrifice in the form of a necklace, a wrap, and a dress.
The dress symbolizes her husbands love and sacrifice for Mathilde Loisel in the way that he was willing to sacrifice his money that he had been saving to buy a gun in order to buy his wife a dress for the exquisite party. This really shows how much he cares for Mathilde because he could have told her that he did not have any money and it would not be possible for her to get a dress, but instead he gives her the money to try and make her happy. When Mathilde asks her husband for the four hundred francs he simply replies, All right. I will give you four hundred francs. And try to have a pretty dress. (401) It also symbolizes her passion for fancy, beautiful things. Mathilde is foolish because she could have used that money for necessities for her and her husband instead of something she wants. They could have used that money to pay for bills or for food. Instead, Mathilde goes out and buys a beautiful dress that she believes will be great for her to attend the party in. Although she thinks this dress is wonderful, she still feels like she is...
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