Analysis Of The Story ' The Necklace ' Essay example

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Contentment of Status

Everyone has heard the saying “be careful what you wish for” at one point or another, a warning to young children about being grateful for what you already have. Guy de Maupassant supports this idea in his short story The Necklace. The story opens to a young, beautiful Madame Mathilde Loisel in her shabby and worn Paris apartment in 1884, a time when class separated people and she wanted nothing more than to be of one higher than the lower-middle placement she was born into. In the short story The Necklace, Madame Loisel struggles to achieve a taste of the upper class status she felt she deserved only to end up worse off than she began. This use of irony and the characterization of Madame Loisel illustrates de Maupassant’s theme that people should be satisfied with what they have, because they could have worse. Right away we learn that Madame Loisel was unhappy with her situation. She felt she was suited to a lavish life of riches and not to the lowly one devoid of finer things that she was born into: Her tastes were simple because she had never been able to afford any other, but she was as unhappy as though she had married beneath her; for women have no caste or class, their beauty, grace, and charm serving them for birth or family, their natural delicacy, their instinctive elegance, their nimbleness of wit, are their only mark of rank, and put the slum girl on a level with the highest lady in the land (de Maupassant).
Here we see how Madame Loisel…

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