Madame Mathilde's Pride

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Society makes life a competition for people especially for women, they never seem to be content with what they have. Most women want to live up to societies expectations, but lose themselves while trying to do so. In the 19th century many young French women were forced into marrying suitors that would not be their ideal person to marry, but they had to go on with the marriage. Many times people fall in love after marrying a person they were forced into marrying or rather they just accept it. In this case Madame Mathilde did not accept her marriage and her frustration of not having the luxurious life she keeps fantasizing about. As a result Mathilde was taking her blessing for granted “Be thankful for what you have; you 'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don 't have, you will never, ever have enough- Oprah Winfrey”. (Panwar 30) Many times people focus on what they do not have and put tremendous effort in what they should have. As a result it is never enough and they keep wanting more, materialistic entities are…show more content…
In the story appearances matter most, the story shows us how Mathilde tried her best to appear and fit in the high class society. When in reality when she borrowed the diamond necklace just for one night to impress people she barely knows it was never going to be enough. Society always has a way of bringing people down at their lowest point Mathilde went through years of hard labor paying for the necklace she borrowed to look wealthy in a society she did not belong to, in a high social class where appearances makes an induvial significant .Mathilde claims she lives a life in poverty, poverty to one’s understanding is where an induvial has no place to sleep or eat but, Madame Mathilde has a little house and does not go to sleep on an empty stomach. She lives the life an average person would want to
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