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”.
After 10 years of slaving away trying to pay back everythin... ... middle of paper ... ... fake in the end, it stood for wealth and beauty. An example of irony in this story is that the necklace she “remained lost in ecstasy” is what ended up “ruining” her life. The irony is that if she wasn’t so obsessed with appearing wealthy to other women who probably didn’t really care, she wouldn’t have asked to borrow the faux necklace and she wouldn’t have lost it. The dialogue and use of French in this story is important. “Ah, the good pot-au-feu!” This is important because the use of French helps the reader visualize setting.
Continuing from her complaints of not having a jeweled accessory, her husband offered an alternative of stylish flowers only to reply with “No; there’s nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich” Mathilde is constantly lusting after a luxurious lifestyle, believing that she was born for the upper class, and refusing to appear any less of it. When Mathilde went to borrow her friend’s jewelry she looked through many different accessories, asking Mine. Forestier is she had more. Out of all the strands she picked the “superb necklace of diamonds” one, arguably one of the most expensive gems, taking it with ” her heart beating in immoderate desire.” After the ball was over, before Mathilde and her husband went home, he threw over her shoulders a modest wrap of common life to keep her warm. Mathilde was not pleased as she “wanted to escape so as not to be remarked by the other women, who were enveloping themselves in costly furs.”, again ungrateful to her husband’s kindness.
Madame Mathilde Loisel, a charming but selfish lady, never feel satisfied with her wants. Before she lost the necklace, Mathilde thoughts are described as , “ She suffered endlessly, feeling herself born for every delicacy and luxury.” (Maupassant 1). At first, Mathilde was unhappy and disappointed of her life. She was a beautiful woman, and ought to live a magnificent life. But she was the daughter of an artisan, and then married a clerk in the Ministry of Education, which broke her heart.
At the beginning of the story, she was unhappy with herself (The Necklace). She felt like she was meant to live in a grimy apartment, have about one or two outfits, and marry a husband who has low-income (The Necklace). There are not many people in the world that does not have the things that she has. Marriage united Madame and Mister Losiel, and even though they were not wealthy, Madame Losiel’s unhappiness gradually affected it. She was lucky enough to even own a home and a husband who supports her (The Necklace).
A very important aspect of her character is that she idealizes the upper class and longs to be above her current status. She “[felt] herself born for every delicacy and luxury.” Madame Loisel, despite a decent living as a middle class lady, falsely perceives the upper classes as happier, exciting, and more romantic. She despises and looks down upon her own life as less valuable and worthwhile, to the extent that she doesn't visit her own friend who is wealthier than herself. However, within the story, the upper classes are not necessarily better off or happier. Her wealthy friend Madame Forestier, for instance, keeps a fake necklace even though she is wealthy, demonstrating that even the wealthy don't “have it all.” What's more, Madame Loisel's status quo at the beginning of the tale is a life in which she has all of h... ... middle of paper ... ...urting her.
The Loisels secretly replace the necklace with an expensive duplicate that takes them ten long, hard years to pay off. Shortly after the loan is paid off, Mathilde runs into her rich friend and confesses her secret. Mathilde is distraught to find that the necklace was not the expensive gem she believed; but a faux. The central idea of this story is that when you desperately seek a life not destined for you, you end up sacrificing your own happiness. Mathilde Loisel is an unappreciative, materialistic, vain woman who lives life depressed about the simplicity of her surroundings, so she spends much of her time daydreaming about the glamorous life she was born for.
Maupassant describes the Loisels search for the necklace, ?They went from jeweler to jeweler, searching for a necklace like the other one, racking their memories, both of them sick with worry and anguish.? The Loisels suffer to repay their debts. Mathilde accepts a cheap attic flat, and does all the heavy housework herself to save on domestic help. Mathilde unrealistic dreams cost her and her husband ten years of their life. Mathilde allows her life to be miserable because of her dreams of great wealth.
It is ironic that her mother’s profession, a madam, which provides the life for Vivie with a fine education and all the perks of being rich, causes them to have different values and perceptions on life issues. Mrs. Warren did the best she could to provide for her daughter but lost her because of greed and refusing to stop exploiting women.
It is through Matilde that Maupassant develops the story's irony. This is reflected through Matilde's daydreaming, which only serves to torment her, the loss of the necklace borrowed for show, which only worsens their economic position, and finally, their unnecessary sacrifice. The irony begins with Matilde's frequent daydreaming. She is a beautiful and charming woman who feels "herself destined for all delicacies and luxuries" (4). Fate, however, placed her among the middle class where life was very simple.