First, both of these characters have a bunch of similarities. Although Mathilde considers herself to be born deprived from all refinements of life, she is more beautiful than any character in the story, as the passage suggests,“She was prettier than all others, elegant, gracious, smiling and crazy with joy.” (De Maupassant). On the other hand, Della’s hair is so gorgeous that it could even devalue the queen of Sheba’s jewels (Henry). Another similarity between Mathilde and Della is that both of them are affected due to their lack of money. Della suffers because she struggles to buy Jim a present (Henry).
Meanwhile, Mathilde suffers because she cannot buy fancy clothing, diamonds and live in a palace (De Maupassant). In addition to that, both of them have husbands that deeply care for them. Della’s husband, Jim, in order to please her wife, sold his only watch to buy her a Christmas present (Henry). In the meantime, Mathilde’s husband used all his father heritage to help pay for the necklace replacement (De Maupassant). It is possible to see through characterization that even though they are characters from different stories Della and Mathilde have a number of
People are tired, weak, and sick, and they need a strong young girl to help take care of them. She has proven her helpfulness in a lot of different events throughout the novel. For instance, she helped take care of her mother who fell ill early into the story. She took care of her the best she could, all by herself. Evidence in the text states,” I took two extra clothes press and hurried upstairs to watch over Mother...I so wanted to touch her...I smoothed her hair…’I’m here’...’Be still’...I sponged her face clean.” Matilda was raised by her strict mother who enforced obedience.
Compare and Contrast Essay Throughout the story " The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant a woman named Mathilde and a man named Losiel were a very poor and unfortunate couple. Although they were not the most wealthy, Mathilde still wanted all of the riches she could possibly imagine. On the other hand Losiel knew where he stood and was grateful for what he had. One day Loisel came home and gave Mathilde an invitation to attend a ball but, to Losiels surprise she was very displeased for she had nothing to wear. In the end Mathilde borrows a necklace from a rich friend but, loses it.
After Mathilde buys a dress with the money that Mr.Loisel gives to her, she still is not satisfied with what she is given, she wants more. Mathilde’s greediness is shown when she demands expensive jewelry to wear to the party even though Mr.Loisel invests his saving for Mathilde’s dress. She does not appreciate Mr. Loisel actions and instead complains about not having an aristocratic showcase. Mathilde does not acknowledge the sacrifice her husband has made for, she deceitfully expects more. This relates to Gatsby when he expects more from Daisy than mere love.
The main character Mathilde who is extremely pretty is not a wealthy person, and is married to a clerk. Mathilde is very unhappy with her life, and wishes she could have more luxuries. The author says: “she dressed plainly because she could not dress well, but she was unhappy as if she had really fallen from a higher station; since with women there is neither caste nor rank, grace and charm take the place of family and birth. Natural ingenuity, instinct for what is elegant, a supple mind are their sole hierarchy, and often make of women of the people of the equals of the very greatest ladies.”(SSG 92.) Mathilde Loisel, was not honest with herself.
It was not until she can get a sneak peek of what it means to live in the high society that she can value what she has instead of what she wishes she did. In The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant portrays Mathilde Loisel’s transformation from being a petty person to one who is modest, making changes in her actions and attitudes, following the loss of a necklace. Maupassant shows Mathilde’s transformation from being a petty person to one who is modest through changes in her actions. At the beginning of the story, Mathilde shows intense discontentment with her economic and social circumstances and dreams about the fancy life she would have if she was a wealthy member of the
A Change in Mathilde Loisel “The Necklace” “If there is no struggle, there is no progress” - Frederick Douglass. This quote is explored in the short story, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, as he introduces a low-middle-class, materialistic women named Mathilde Loisel who is unhappy at the level of her life and one who goes through complicated struggles. Mathilde Loisel changes throughout the story because over a ten year span, she realizes what it means to live a life in impoverishment. Towards the end, she changed from the demanding work she had to do. Another change in her personality is when she is described as a peasant woman guarding every coin of her allowance.
The ironic situation is the source of her joy, the necklace, becomes her downfall when she loses it and has to work the next ten years of her life to replace it. She not only loses her middle income status but falls into poverty and spends the rest of her life suffering for her dreams. The theme of the short story, "The Necklace" is to be happy with what you have and not be greedy. In the short story, “The Necklace”, Guy de Maupassant illustrates what can happen when one is overcome with greed. Maupassant suggests that only bad fortune is in store for one who bases his or her worth on material possessions and becomes consumed with greed.
In the later part of the story, Mathilde Loisel and her husband went from being in the lower middle class to the lower class. According to Maupassant (1884), “They dismissed their servant; they changed their lodgings; they rented a garret under a roof” (p.5). When Mathilde loses the diamond necklace that she borrowed from a friend, she and her husband pay a huge debt which took them ten years to settle in order to buy a diamond necklace to replace the lost one. This caused them to live a lower class life and endure the hardships of being poor. However, Mathilde has a friend who is rich.