At the very end of the story when Mathilde Loisel puts her pride aside she is finally able to tell her friend the truth about the necklace and how much her and her husband paid to get it replaced. Madame Forestier is shocked and says “oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs” (Guy de Maupassant 5)! The reader is appalled by the irony that the necklace was not actually real and the price for it was not as much as they thought it would be.
In hopes of pleasing his wife, Mathilde’s husband arrives home from work with an invitation to an exclusive, elegant ball, thrown by the Minister of Education. Thinking
In an effort to be the richest of the rich for one night, Mathilde subjects herself to a life of misery. Her loss of Madame Forestier’s necklace makes her come to know “the ghastly life of abject poverty...And this life lasted ten years”(7). Mathilde suffers through years of poverty solely because she wants to feel wealthy. Mathilde also believes that her misery is justified because the necklace she loses is extremely expensive, but she learns that this is also untrue. 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.
On the other hand, Madame Ratignolle is the representative of the “mother-woman”, however, Edna Pontellier is unable to identify with and, like in the case of Mademoiselle Reisz, to accept that lifestyle: “Edna felt depressed rather than soothed after leaving them. The little glimpse of domestic harmony which had been offered her, gave her no regret, no
Narcis Celic Bauer English I 15 December 2016 Compare/Contrast English I Essay Mathilde in “The Necklace” is simply unhappy because she doesn't have money but has a rich husband. Della in “Gift of the Magi” is unhappy because she doesn't have money to buy her husband a gift for Christmas so she makes a decision. Let's start with similarities with both of the main characters in “The Necklace” and “Gift of the Magi”. Della and Mathilde are both women who struggle against money. The two women have been blessed with physical beauty, In the first sentence of “The Necklace” the author states “She was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as though fate had blundered over her, into a family of artisans.” (Guy de Maupassant 1).
This is very selfish because even after her husband makes sacrifices for her, she still believes that it is not enough for her to go to the ball. She even slugs around the house and moans being depressed that the dress is not enough. Both of these actions just further the belief that Matilde is very
Since the necklace was so costly, she has to work to earn back the money she had spent on the necklace. You will soon learn that her character improved and changed for the better. Mathilde’s humility was abused by her ungratefulness, unrealistic fantasies, entitlement, and pride but improved as the story went along. Mathilde was a beautiful and charming lady who married a clerk in the Ministry of Education. Though she was physically beautiful, inside she was ungrateful and had a very spoiled nature.
This quote means that Edna Pontellier is not a good mother/wife because she is not that of a women who would worship their children ,and their husband. Edna Pontellier is not a good mother because “I would give up the
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.
This amount is hard to come up with anything, anything that will be good enough for him. Obviously, her job is not providing her good earning enough to spend. Similarly, Mathilde does not have much money either. The author does not describe about her job as another story, but the reader can know from "she had no clothes, no jewels, nothing", and refuses to visit a rich friend because "she suffered so keenly when she returned home" and "she would weep whole days, with grief, regret, despair, and misery" (Maupassant). The suffering from her house and poorness causes her unhappy.