The reader is given a clue in the beginning of the story as to what can happen at the end. When Mathilde Loisel asks to borrow the necklace Madame Forestier says “yes, of course” (Guy de Maupassant 3). She lets her borrow the necklace without hesitation at the beginning, giving the impression that regardless of her social status that particular necklace had no value. If the necklace had any kind of value she would have been hesitant about letting her borrow it and reassured her not to damage it. Brackett says, “Madame Forestier freely loans the necklace and then does not care even to examine the piece that Mathilde returns to her, suggesting its low value” (no page).
He wanted to tell us that she did not care about the amount of money provided which means she only cared about herself and not her husband even though he wanted to go on that trip badly. This is effective to the reader because it tells us that Madame Loisel is an egregious wife. Link - the writer achieves to create an intriguing character by using a
As Mathilde and her husband are conversing, Mathilde states, “It annoys me not to have a single jewel, not a single stone, nothing to put on…” (240). Mathilde is obsessed with being glamorous. She wants to look her best and have accessories she can’t afford. Mathilde may want to have fun but she feels that she must look pretty doing it. When she got invited to the ball, she knew it would be both a fun time and good experience for her, but she needed to have a fancy dress and jewels that she was unable to purchase with the money she had.
She makes multiple mistakes throughout the story, yet she blames them on other people. Mathilde was the one who lost the necklace, but her husband is the one that looks for it while she is just sitting at home. Also, her husband was the one that payed off the debt, and gave up the 1800 francs that his father left for him. All in all, Mathilde's character is developed by her actions, dialogue, and
In the story “The Necklace” a woman named Madame Loisel didn’t know the worth of everything she already had. She got suckered into thinking if she were born rich that she would be known and get all the attention from other men, even though she has a husband. Her downfall began with the necklace she had borrowed. Losing it caused her to go into debt and lead to her learning the lesson of being happy and thankful with the things she has and not what she wants. One main point to her downfall was that she was obsessed with having to have all the nice things in the world, having all of the attention from people and other men.
Her husband manages to get an invitation to one of the wealthy parties that she longs to attend, but when she refuses, saying she has nothing to wear, he helps her purchase an expensive dress. Mathilde borrows an extravagant diamond necklace from her friend Madame Forestier. Madame Loisel has a wonderful time at the party, but afterwards discovers the diamond necklace is lost. The couple spend their inheritance and take out loans to replace it. After years of living in poverty and debt that ruins Mathilde’s looks.
When Mathilde has completely paid off her debt, she meets Madame Forestier again and tells her of all the troubles she went through to get her necklace back. When Madame Forestier hears this, she exclaims, “Oh my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs!...”(8). Mathilde wasted a decade of her life, her beauty, and her youth on a necklace that was only imitation.
In the story, “The Necklace”, Mme. Loisel has many flaws. In the story, I believe that her greatest flaw is her desire for everyone of a higher class to love her. This is proven when the author states, “She would have liked so much to please, to be envied, to be charming, to be sought after.” (pg. 2) This flaw eventually causes her downfall because when she finds out that the necklace is missing, she doesn’t tell her friend what happened, for fear of her friend not liking her anymore.
Madame Loisel and her Husband spent the last ten years to pay for the lost borrowed necklace, only to be told that the necklace cost “five hundred francs.” To add to the irony to the situation Madame Loisel lost her prized possession, her beauty, “She came to know what heavy housework meant... She washed the dishes, using her dainty fingers... she carried the slops down to the street every morning and carried up the water, stopping for breath at every landing. And dressed like a woman of the people... This life lasted ten years.” (Maupassant, 4) After the ten years of the hard life, Mathilde was able to pay back her debt from the necklace. She lost her house and her precious
“We need to look carefully at what we value, what we have, and what we desire to make sure these are really important to us and represent what we really want.”-Ilici Lee. Everyone desires to have valuable objects that are worth awe-inspiring amounts of money while others value the simple treasures in life that they already have. The world we live in has defined valuable as something that is worth a splendid deal of money. On the other hand, treasure has been defined with two different perspectives. One perspective is that a treasure is wealth such as money, jewels, precious metals.The other definition is something of great worth or value and wealth of any kind.