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Maupassant’s The Necklace

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Mathilde Loisel lived the life of a painfully distressed woman, who always believed herself worthy of living in the upper class. Although Mathilde was born into the average middle class family, she spent her time daydreaming of her destiny for more in life... especially when it came to her financial status. Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace”, tells a tale of a vain, narcissistic housewife who longed for the aristocratic lifestyle that she believed she was creditable for. In describing Mathilde’s self-serving, unappreciative, broken and fake human behaviors, de Maupassant incorporates the tragic irony that ultimately concludes in ruining her. Mathilde lives in an illusive world where her desires do not meet up to the reality of her life. She yearns for the status of being upper class, and she believes that her beauty and charm are worthy of much more. Mathilde spends her life doing everything in her power to create the dream life she has always imagined, to be beautiful, rich, and admired. Her husband provided her with a well-off lifestyle that she neglected and treated poorly due to her selfishness and greediness, and took advantage of his hard work at the first chance possible. When presented with the invitation to the party, she immediately rejects the request due to her fear of others judging her “middle class appearance”. But her loving husband offers her the hard earned money he had been saving up so she can treat herself to a brand new dress for the party. Her actions are centered around the happiness of herself, and have no good intentions towards her husband or her marriage, resulting unfortunately by portraying her true colors of being greedy and unappreciative of the little money her family had. With her... ... middle of paper ... ...re the human behaviors of an unappreciative and broken lifestyle. Together the two look up the the high class and luxury lifestyle with beliefs that they deserve to be apart of it. Taking advantage and looking past the hard working families that they come from, they force themselves to live miserable lives that others dream of. Both authors use a specific detail that the characters lives through to find happiness in their illusive lifestyles; For Mathilde is the diamond necklace, and for Paul is the escape to the theatre arts. Mathilde and Paul were both ashamed of their belongings and where they come from, but both collected joy from societies mistaken vision of the wealth that they portrayed. Although both characters had minor human behaviors that varied, Mathilde and Paul both shared the desire for the aristocratic lifestyle which fundamentally dilapidated them.

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  • Analyzes how mathilde loisel lived the life of a painfully distressed woman, who always believed herself worthy of living in the upper class. guy de maupassant's short story, "the necklace", tells her self-serving, unappreciative, broken, and fake human behaviors.
  • Analyzes how mathilde lives in an illusive world where her desires do not meet up to the reality of her life. she yearns for the status of being upper class, and believes that her beauty and charm are worthy of much more.
  • Analyzes how mathilde proves her cheated personality by looking down on the average life she has, and only looking up to the luxurious lifestyle of the wealthy.
  • Analyzes how mathilde is forced to learn that the power of material items may be her desired interest, but cannot afford to let her craving for wealth take control of her life.
  • Analyzes how mathilde's story of desire and hope for wealth portrayed her self-serving, unappreciative, broken and fake human behaviors to her husband and to society.
  • Analyzes how willa cather's "paul’s case" depicts the fatal progression of deliberate seclusion that presents the unhappiness of a young man who desires for wealth.
  • Analyzes how cather expresses paul's anger and resentment through descriptions of his surroundings and his neighborhood. he longs for the abstract world of upper class that he is surrounded by at the theatre.
  • Analyzes how paul is stuck in a fantasy land where he views cordelia street as poverty when in reality the residents of his neighborhood are hardworking, diligent people who are successfully providing for their families.
  • Analyzes how paul's job as an usher at carnegie hall allows him to indulge even further into his obsession with money. he finds himself lost in the theatre, music, and paintings.
  • Analyzes how the closely told third-person narration begins by introducing the reader to the exterior world's feelings towards paul, establishing a first conception of his exclusion from his surrounding society.
  • Analyzes how may have been discluded in school or from his friends/family to separate him so far from society, but as the short story continues it becomes more visible that he views himself in a completely different environment.
  • Analyzes how willa cather weaves an interesting and enlightening twist of the point of view by carefully weaving a deep character whose understanding is extremely complex.
  • Analyzes how the characters of mathilde and paul share the human behaviors of an unappreciated and broken lifestyle.
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