As for many people, being rich is purposes of their life and their answer to happiness. Mathilde had the parallel mentality of being rich too. She was young and beautiful, and she always wanted to achieve queenship.De Maupassnt writes, “Believing that she had been born to enjoy every refinement and luxury, she suffered deeply” ( 172 ). Mathilde believed in a correlation between beauty and wealth. She was very disappointed with herself, as she wasn’t rich. Her husband is a clerk in the Department of Education. They both live a middle class life. One day Monsieur, her husband, brings an home envelope and presents it to Mathilde Loisel.
Surprisingly, the envelope had an invitational card inviting couple to a luxury party called the ball. The ball was the party Mathilde Loisel always dreamed to attend. They were also going to meet some officials from Minister of Education. “ Instead of being thrilled, as her husband had hoped, she scornfully tossed the invitation onto the table” ( Maupassant 173 ). The reason Mathilde was not excited about the ball was that she didn’t have nice dress to wear to it. Monsieur gi...
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...They start talking about the necklace and the incident that happened the ball night. Mathilde talks about hardships that had taken her to pay off the debt of about twenty thousand francs. And suddenly Madame Forestier says “But mine was fake. It wasn’t worth more than five hundred francs.” ( Maupassant 179 ). This mesmerise Mathilde’s brain and the story ends.
Hence the situational irony had taken place. First the original necklace was fake and all that pain of ten years could have been avoided. Secondly, Mathilde’s character had a turn around as in the beginning she was greedy but after the tragic events She is more self sufficient and does work to make money. And most importantly Mathilde did not divorce on Mousier and supported him and help herself pay up the debt. Ture characteristic of a person is not shown when he has everything but rather when he has nothing.
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