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The Necklace Character Analysis Essay

Mme. Loisel is the protagonist in the short story “The Necklace”. She is a young beautiful woman who feels she has been short changed by her social standing in life. She feels she belongs to a world of wealth and vanity but is relegated to the role of a commoner because of her family heritage. This status continues as “she let herself be married to a little clerk at the Ministry of Public Instructions”. Mme. Loisel is a very immature woman when she is introduced in the story. She places value on women as judged by their beauty and wealth. She views the “natural fineness and instinct for what is elegant is the sole hierarchy”. She fails to see traits such as wisdom, kindness, compassion as beneficial and to be highly prized. She…show more content…
Loisel’s character in the story. We see her moving from immature, selfish thoughts and actions to those that were mature and responsible. The first change we see is interaction with her husband. Although it is not directly stated, by her actions see her with a more intimate relationship with her husband where she had previously seen him beneath her. He directs her “You must write to your friend” and we see that she wrote at his dictation. She joins him in the effort to locate a replacement for the necklace. Replacing the necklace would cost the Loisel’s not only all their earthly wealth but would indebt them for many years to…show more content…
She was willing to make deep sacrifices to repay the debt. She not only “dismissed their own servant”, they moved and rented a small attic room to be able re-pay the debt. She was very careful with the family finances and frugal with household purchases so that any extra money can go to the debt. It took ten long years to repay the debt. And the time the debt was paid, when Mme. Loisel came into contact with her friend, she was honest with her friend about the lost necklace and the great expense to replace the necklace. It was revealed by her friend, that the necklace was only costume jewelry and of not value. We do see compassion from the friend as she “took her two hands” to tell her the necklace was a fake. From there the final outcome of the story is not known, but the transformation of Mme. Loisel is very evident in the
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