3 March, 2014
Fantasy Versus Reality
In the story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, the character Madame Loisel portrays the truth about honesty, arrogance, and poverty. The story’s setting is in Paris, France during the 1880s, and during this time frame, many women believed their beauty and even wealth was what happiness was made of. Maupassant portrays Mrs. Loisel as a prideful character yet who is also deprived of wealth and fame. This controversial lifestyles helps the story have many ironic features. Maupassant is known for “...his characters as unhappy victims of their greed, desire, or vanity but presents even the most sordid details of their lives without sermonizing" ("Maupassant, Guy de"). The themes and characters are easily intertwined by the downfall of human nature and the society in which women consider to be the grandest.
One aspect of human nature is one where people place great value in themselves and their accomplishments. People call and praise this aspect as pride, but sometimes, pride can mutate into arrogance, devaluing what one has accomplished in the eyes of others. Mrs. Loisel hates her lifestyle even though she did not have a bad life to begin with. “All such things, which most other women in her situation would not even have noticed, tortured her and filled her with despair” (Maupassant 187). No matter where one goes, he or she is bound to find themselves wanting more. Mrs. Loisel is not at fault for wanting more than what she has, but the way she lets her arrogance engulf her throughout the story is one of her downfalls. The first part of the story gives many examples of her finer tastes such as “…the perfume of dainty private rooms…” (Ma...
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