The Happy Life in de Maupassant's "The Necklace"
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The paper discusses how Mathilde Loisel in Guy de Maupassant's short story, "The Necklace" hates her life and allows pride and envy to dictate her actions, and as a result, she wastes ten years of her life making payments for a fake necklace she believed to be real. The paper describes how Mathilde becomes obsessed with what she does not have instead of feeling blessed with what she does have, and she creates a miserable life for herself. The paper highlights how de Maupassant teaches that it is not money that buys happiness, but contentment with what you already have.
From the Paper:"We hear a lot in our culture about being real and genuine. Yet, it is easy to become swept away with emotion and make silly mistakes. Pride and vanity are dangerous emotions because they tend to turn people away from being genuine. They cause people to be selfish and make foolish decisions and often, these decisions have painful consequences. Mathilde demonstrates this with her pride and envy. She selects the necklace in the black satin box that made her "heart beat with an immoderate desire" (986). Her pride made her choose this necklace because she envied what the rich seemed to have. This envy made her selfish, as we see when she lets her husband use the money his father left him to buy another diamond necklace. She never thanks him and never consider how unfair it was to let him do that. She cannot see past her own pride and envy and it damages her marriage. In short, her pride and envy stole ten years from her and her husband. Matilde was not genuine with herself from the beginning and she allows pride and envy to eat away at her until she finds herself in a huge mess."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Guy de Maupassant. "The Necklace." The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Cassill, R. V., ed. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1981.
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