The Importance Of Change In Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace
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Change always has an outcome, that outcome will be either good or bad. Some changes in life may appear to be the right decision, however the effects may not be as wonderful as expected. Greediness can persuade those decisions. In the short story “The Necklace”, by Guy de Maupassant, Madame Loisel, the main character, experiences the consequences of what change can do. She is a selfish woman that prioritizes the yearning to be rich. In the end, she regretted her greedy mindset; a lesson learned too late for her. Letting greed control decisions can lead to repercussions.
Madame Loisel was a beautiful, young girl born into a poor family. During that time period, beauty didn’t matter, all that mattered was a family’s social class rank. The richer a daughter’s family was, the richer, and more handsome the husband would be for that bride. Knowing this, Loisel always aspired to be wealthy. While doing housework chores, she would often dream of a lavish lifestyle. Loisel “would dream of great reception halls hung with old silks, of fine furniture filled with priceless curios, and of small, stylish, scented sitting rooms just right for the four o’clock chat with intimate friends, with distinguished and sought-after men whose attention every woman envies and longs to attract” (de Maupassant 659). Madame Loisel always thought of a luxurious lifestyle. She was too greedy to realize that things could be much worse. Instead, Madame Loisel aspired to be wealthy without question.