Ten years of suffering is the cost of having pleasure for only one night! In “The Necklace,” by Guy de Maupassant presents Mathilde Loisel, an attractive, charming but vacuous and selfish middle class lady transforms to selfness, poor, satisfied and hard-working lady. Even though, Mathidle owns a comfortable home and married to a faithful and kind husband, Monsieur Loisel, who seeks her happiness and satisfaction; she was ungrateful to the things that she had been given, because her greed and desire of wealth had captured her thoughts and blurred the real meaning of happiness in her perspective. Mathidle spends most of her time surfing in her day dreams of being wealthy and suffering from accepting the reality, because her imagination was more than she could not afford. One day Mathidle’s husband brought his wife an invitation for a fancy party, but as a result of their low income, Mathidle’s was ashamed to wear flowers as decoration, so she decided to borrow an expensive looking necklace from a friend of her, Madame Forestier.
But as she misplaces the closest thing she has to the life she dreams of and not telling her friend about the mishap, she could have set herself aside from ten years of work. Through many literary devices, de Maupassant sends a message to value less substance articles so life can be spent wisely. “The Necklace” ends up to be a very ironic story as it explains why valuing the more important things in life can be very effective towards a person’s happiness. One example of the story’s irony is when she is at the party dressed as a beautiful and fancy woman. ‘She danced madly, wildly, drunk with pleasure, giving no thought to anything in the triumph of her beauty, the pride of her success…’ (pg 193).
When Mr. Loisel brings Mathilde an invitation to a dinner party, instead of being excited about the elegant evening, Mathilde is upset because she has no elegant dresses. Mr. Loisel pleases Mathilde by giving her money for a new dress. She is happy at first until she realizes she has no jewels to wear. Mr. Loisel suggests that she borrow some from Mrs. Forrestier. Mathilde borrows a diamond necklace, and goes to the party where she was able to live out the luxurious life.
Forestier that she lost her necklace, she wanted to replace it with a similar one. If she didn't want to tell the truth, then she should at least replace it. Madame Loisel found an exact replica of the necklace in one of the shops they looked through, but it cost thirty-six thousand francs. She and her husband borrowed money from people and pay them back as soon as they earned their money back. They finally got enough money to buy the necklace.
The Necklace “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant tells of Mathilde Loisel who “by error of destiny” was born poor and winds up marrying a clerk. Mr. Loisel surprises Mathilde with an opportunity to taste the luxurious life for an evening and she unexpectedly bursts into tears because she has nothing to wear. Mr. Loisel agrees to buy her a gown and suggests that she borrow jewelry from her wealthy friend. The evening turns out to be a dream come true until the Loisels arrive home to find that the borrowed necklace is no longer around Mathilde’s neck. The Loisels secretly replace the necklace with an expensive duplicate that takes them ten long, hard years to pay off.
The invitation was to attend a ball, but instead of being joyed, Mathilde was unhappy and complained she had no gown to put on her back. The husband had some savings of his own to buy himself a gun to treat himself for a shooting trip, but instead he gave her the francs to please her and for her to buy herself a gown. But, she was still unhappy because she did not have a jewel to wear that evening and she would not look rich or the same as other woman. He then suggested to ask her friend Madame Frostier to lend her a necklace. She then, went to her friend house and told her friend her distress.
She was lucky enough to even own a home and a husband who supports her (The Necklace). It is obvious that she does not accept her husband because she constantly fantasize about rich men wanting to please her at a formal party in her “imaginary” house (The Necklace). Mister Monsieur Loisel, tried very hard to please his beloved wife (The Necklace... ... middle of paper ... ...ected her husband, herself, and her friend, Madame Forestier. She should understand that wonderful things would not last forever, but how would her life be if she was not materialistic? Maybe, when her husband comes home from work she would welcome him with open arms.
The use of Irony is seen in both short stories representing the constriction in marriage. In “The Necklace” Madame Losiel receives a spectacular invitation to a prestigious gala which her husband went to great ends to get. Loisel had this desire to live a lifestyle that was way beyond her means. After purchasing a beautiful gown worth 400 franks Mathilde Loisel came to the realization that she had no jewelry to go along with the dress. Her husband suggested “You will wear some natural flowers” and she replied “ No; there is nothing more humiliating than to look poor among a lot of rich women” (Maupassant 2).
She is not rich but she makes it along, she insists of a better, wealthier life. When her husband gets her invited to a ball, she feels the need for a brand new fancy dress and tons of jewelry. When the couple realizes they cannot afford jewelry as well, they search out to borrow her friend, Mme. Forestiers’ necklace. She comes to notice she no longer has the necklace on when she leaves the ball.
The Necklace In the story “The Necklace” the author’s theme is to show us that greed and envy can lead to destruction. In this story Mathilde is a very envious woman whom always dreamed of a life that she could not have. She was very charming and beautiful woman who thought that she must have been born into the wrong life, since she had no way of getting known and married by a rich man. Instead she married a simple middle class man and lived a middle class life. All the while she dreamed of living the life of the rich.