Character Analysis Of Mathilde Of Guy De Maupassant 's The Necklace

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Character Analysis of Mathilde in Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” In Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace,” the character of Mathilde centers this story of adapting to the changes of life’s tragedies. Mathilde is a lower class woman who lives a poor life with her husband. Although she feels born into luxuries and a life of delicacies, she has no significant wealth in her life. While Mathilde’s life is not one of wealth wealthy, de Maupassant’s life is very different. He was born into nobility and grew up without many hardships. Since de Maupassant was no stranger to luxuries, he is better in tune with what owning valuable items is like, and he knows how tragic it would be to lose those same valuable items. In de Maupassant’s “The Necklace,” the reader can infer that Mathilde goes through a personality change from selfish and greedy to hardworking and humble. In the beginning of the story, Mathilde’s character shows a sense of selfishness on her actions before the ball. De Maupassant shows how Mathilde is ungrateful when her husband acquires invitations to the ball, and she complains of what she does not have. The narrator says, “Instead of being delighted, as her husband hoped, she threw the invitation on the table with disdain ... [s]he looked at him … and said, impatiently: ‘And what do you want me to put on my back’” (69)? This shows her selfish character because she receives an invitation to a very luxurious ball and still rejects it due to her lack of expensive…

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