The Moral of The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
Length: 441 words (1.3 double-spaced pages)
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The moral of Guy de Maupassant’s story “The Necklace” seems to be suggested by the line, “What would have happened if Mathilde had not lost the necklace?” If Mathilde had not lost the necklace, or in fact, even asked to borrow the necklace, she and Mr. Loisel would not of been in debt ten long years. Because Mathilde had to borrow the necklace to make herself and others like her better her and Mr. Loisel’s economic situation had become worse than it already was. I think that the moral of the story is that people need to be happy with what they have and not be so greedy.
Mathilde Loisel grew up in the working class and had no expectations in life. Mathilde settled for a lifestyle she was unhappy with. When she got married, she and her husband would sit around the dinner table and imagine they were eating a luxurious meal. Together, they had nothing. Mathilde had no clothes, no jewels, and only one friend (who was rich). Mathilde dreamt of wealth, fine clothes, and a beautiful house. She knew that those dreams were unrealistic and unattainable.
One day her husband came home from work and handed her an invitation to attend a ball. She wanted to attend; yet she had no dress to wear. After digging in to money they had been trying to save, Mathilde purchased a dress for the ball. Mathilde decided she needed jewels to wear with the dress, so she went and visited her only friend to borrow some jewels for the evening of the ball. Mathilde picked out a stunning diamond necklace.
The night of the ball came and Mathilde looked great; everyone admired her. The evening ended and everyone went home. Mathilde decided that she would look at herself in the mirror one last time before getting out of the clothes. When she did, she noticed the necklace that she admired so much was gone. Mathilde and her husband had to borrow thirty-six thousand francs from people they knew to buy another just like it so they could return it to the friend. Mathilde and her husband were deeply in debt. For ten years they worked day in and day out until finally the debt was paid off.
One day Mathilde was walking in a park and stumbled across a lady walking with a child, it was her rich friend.
Mathilde approached the long time friend, the lady did not even recognize who it was. Mathilde told her friend of the incident that happened so long ago concerning the necklace. Her friend was appalled to hear of it and told Mathilde that the necklace she had borrowed was only costume jewelry. It was only worth at most five hundred francs. As a result of Mathilde’s dishonesty and greediness she and her husband had been in debt for ten years over a fake necklace.
In conclusion, no one really knows what would have happened if Mathilde would have tried to be happy with the life she had, instead of wishing for material things that meant nothing in the end but more heartache. Also, if Mathilde would have been honest with her friend her life may have improved instead of worsening. During the ten years that Mathilde and her husband spent working to pay back for the necklace, they could have been using that money to better their economic situations. The point the author was trying to get to the reader was that people should be honest and happy with what they have. If they are not, then they may have a harder problem on their hands in the end. In short, if one is honest and content with the life one has in the present it will get them farther in the future.