Pride And Greed In Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace

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If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” the prominent businessman of his time, John D. Rockefeller once said. This is a truth that readers learn from reading Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace.” In this short story, a woman named Mathilde Loisel’s humility is abused by pride and greed but changed and improved as the story went along. Mathilde’s nature towards her husband and others was ungrateful and unappreciative. To begin with, Mathilde was a “pretty and charming” woman that was married to a little clerk in the Ministry of Education. The story says, “She suffered endlessly, feeling herself born for every delicacy and luxury. She suffered from the poorness of her house, from its mean walls, worn chairs, and ugly curtains. All these things, of which other women of her class would not even have been aware, tormented and insulted her. “Mathilde was not happy with the things she had in her class. Even though she had the basics and was not lacking things she needed to survive, she was still unhappy with it. Mathilde’s fantasies made her and others miserable. As the story progresses, Mathilde’s husband brought home an envelope that was an invite to a great occasion, where many important…show more content…
She was not willing to own up to her mistakes. At the end of the story, Mathilde had an encounter with Madame Forestier, the rich friend, that loaned her the expensive diamond necklace and said, “...I've had some hard times since I saw you last; and many sorrows . . . and all on your account.” Mathilde says the last part like she was jealous and still upset and believed that the hard times she endured was Madame Forestier’s fault, when in fact it was her fault. If she was not so greedy, she would not have had a necklace to lose in the first place. If her pride was not too big, she would not have wasted ten years of her life repaying a debt, that could have been
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