Personality And Characteristics Of Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace

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Guy de Maupassant was born to wealthy parents. After they divorced, Maupassant lived with his mother who was domineering. His mother was the basis for the women in his stories who were overbearing. Maupassant published almost 300 short stories ((henri) (rene Albert) Guy De Maupassant). O. Henry created stories that were funny with an ironic twist and surprise endings. O. Henry eloped with Athol Estes who was the model for the character Della in his famous story “The Gift of the Magi”. To support his family he took a job as a teller at the First National Bank of Austin (O. Henry). Even though Della and Mathilde are both prideful, they differ in personality and in how they handle stressful situations. “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant …show more content…
Della’s personality shows in the line, “Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him” (Henry, O). Della’s personality shows throughout the story. It seems that she only lives for one person and that is her husband Jim. She spends most of her energy being good to him. She is a loving wife, and she wants to give her husband a great gift. This indicates that she really cares about her husband and wants the best for him. She is devoted to her husband because she goes to great lengths to get him a present. She thinks of others before thinking about herself, which makes her selfless. Even when she loses her hair, she is worried that Jim will not like her anymore. Mathilde’s personality, however, is very different. Mathilde’s personality shows when “she was distressed at the poverty of her dwelling,” and when, “she would have liked so much to please, to be envied, to be charming, to be sought after ” (De Maupassant, Guy). Mathilde is not happy with the way she is living her life. In the story, she is always thinking about the glamor of having a lot of money. She wants the fancy things that only the rich can afford. She is very materialistic because she wants nothing but to be in the finest clothes and jewelry. She is manipulative, knowing that her husband will give her almost anything she wants, so she takes advantage of that. She wants as much money out of him as she can get without seeming as if …show more content…
Della handles her situation when she asked Madame Sofronie, “‘will you buy my hair?’” (De Maupassant, Guy). Della is willing to give up the one thing she cherishes most, her hair, for her husband. This is another example of her love for her husband. She is willing to sacrifice almost anything just to get him something for Christmas. Most people would have tried to borrow money, or get something with the money they already have. Not a lot of people would give up something they love or cherish for just anyone. They need to mean the world to that person, and that is what Jim means to Della. Mathilde’s reaction to her situation was to lie about the necklace. ““You must write your friend,” said he, “that you have broken the clasp of her necklace and that you are having it mended’” (De Maupassant, Guy). When looking back, the whole plan was the husband’s idea. This is when the couple chooses to lie instead of telling the truth about the necklace. Mathilde seems like the kind of women to take charge of a situation, but due to the shock that she lost a diamond necklace, she was ready to try anything. If they had only told Mathilde’s friend about the necklace they could have saved themselves years of debt. People do not like to admit to the things they have done. Pride could have kept them from telling the truth, or fear of getting in trouble. They would rather lie than admit they lost the

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