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).
Human nature causes people to desire more than what one already has. However, after desiring material items, people realize the foolishness in their greed. In “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, Mathilde Loisel, who lives in France during the 1880s, attempts to transform her ordinary life into one of luxury. She attends a reception with her friend Madame Forestier's diamond necklace, but after losing it, she works to buy a new necklace, only to later discover the necklace she lost is fake. Through this experience, Mathilde learns to be content with what she has, and as a result, she realizes the flaws in her character.
After they give the necklace back, they have to work off the extreme amount of debt. They work 10+ years of labor and finally have worked off the value of the necklace. After she’s done all her labor, Loisel finds her friend Forestier whom the borrowed the necklace from. After Loisel tells her the truth of what happened, Forestier says that they didn’t have to do it since the necklace was worthless. This story is a form of situational irony.
When the Loisels got an invitation to a reception for M. Loisels’s company, Mme. Loisel makes a big deal of needing a fancy evening gown for the occasion. Mme. Loisel also requested that she have some jewelry so she wouldn’t look as poor as she and her husband actually were. Everything came back to bite herself, as well as her husband, in the butt when she loses the necklace she borrowed from her friend, Mme.
For instance, when Mathilde replaces the necklace she goes from the middle class to the poorest of the poor. Instead of being the richest as she had always desired, “Madame Loisel came to know the ghastly life of abject poverty” (7). Mathilde feels that she should have the finest gown and jewels of anyone, but she is only made poorer when her dream comes true for a night. She lost her beauty and her youth as result of her losing a necklace. Another example of situational irony in “The Necklace” is when Mathilde finds out the necklace she had borrowed was fake.
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.
The Madame Loiselś husband later received an invitation to a magnificent ball, the Madame was despaired of this because she had nothing to wear. Madame Loisel then asked an old friend if she could borrow some jewelry for this ball, The Madame laid eyes on a beautiful diamond necklace and asked to take it right. At the ball, Madame Loisel was beautiful in her gown and necklace, but towards the end while everyone was putting on their expensive fur coats the medium left quickly so that everyone did not see her poorness. The Madame rushed through the hall and onto the streets of Paris, while trying to get a cab, she noticed that she had lost the necklace. Instead of telling her friend she kept it from her and bought another necklace and sent them into debt, but in the end the necklace the Madame had lost was fake.
Since Lunete was the one to persuade Lady Laudine to marry the knight, Laudine felt that she should be able to take matters into her own hand and execute Lunette. Clear example of an Upper class woman feeling she has the upper hand on a lower class young lady. Laudine is almost like Yvains jailor she has him trapped, not in the physical sense but mentally. She made him feel lost, she had him acting like a wild beast in the forest causing him extreme
To illustrate, both women inside felt incomplete that they lost what they desired. What is meant to be said is that both either have lost something, or wanted something. Nevertheless, both of them were missing something that clearly ruins their conditions in life. Consequently, Mathilde Loisel from “The Diamond Necklace” and Emily Grierson from “A Rose for Emily” are two women from two different short stories who faced different circumstances throughout a phase of their life. To begin with, Miss Emily Grierson is quite a strange character with an erratic behavior due to the fact that her situation could go in any number of directions.
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.