One of the first characteristics readers see of Mathidle is her longing for a wealthy lifestyle. Since she did not marry a “…rich and distinguished man…,” she regrets marrying her small town man; however, her husband tries to do everything in his power to make her happy. De Maupassant says, “She suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born for all the delicacies and all the luxuries” (68). He also states, “She thought of the long salons fitted up with ancient silk, of the delicate furniture carrying priceless curiosities, and of the coquettish perfumed boudoirs made for talks at five o’clock with intimate friends, with men famous and sought after…”. De Maupassant says this because it expresses her desire of wealth, and it also shows her disappointment with her less fortunate husband. She receives an invitation to the dance she desperately wanted to attend but once she receives the ticket she does not want to go because she is not properly “equipped” (69). Once “her dress is ready,” (69) she remains unhappy because now she insists that she needs jewelry. Mathidle borrows a diamond necklace from her friend, Mme Forestier, to enhance her appearance. Furthermore, this shows her desire to appear as if she is rich to her upper class friends who she ...
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...use the necklace was not real diamonds to begin with. Along with finding herself through manual labor, she finds the value of telling the truth and how beneficial telling the truth can be.
In review, the protagonist in Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” cannot find joy in the humble life she lives as a clerk’s wife. Since the very day of her birth, Mathidle has constantly chased after the affluent existence as she fantasizes that women like her friend, Madam Forestier, relish. Through her husband’s invitation to the minister’s gala, she adorns herself in a fine dress and a priceless diamond necklace, and transforms her into a beautiful envied person far from her usual impoverished disposition. However, after she loses the necklace, replaces it, and repays the debts, she finds pleasure within her “new” life as a lower class woman, which is who she was destined to be.
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