The Diamond Necklace And Boule De Suif Essay

804 Words Oct 7th, 2015 4 Pages
In early August of 1850, Henri Ren Albert Guy de Maupassant a French author was born near Dieppe, France into a prosperous family. During his lifetime (1850-1893) Guy de Maupassant was a busy man. He attended the University of Caen following his education at the Rouen Lycee. After serving time in the Franco-Prussian war, his experiences led him to spend much of his time writing. At the age of 30 he was a successful short story writer, who published short stories and novels between 1875 to 1891. The Diamond Necklace and Boule de Suif have been considered some of his most famous works. As he got older Maupassant became increasingly erratic due to mental illness. After trying to commit suicide in early 1892, his mother had him committed to a private mental institution in Paris, where he died on July 6, 1893. The Diamond Necklace includes Mathilde Liosel the protagonist of the story who is dissatisfied with her lower class economic status and her husband, Monsieur Loisel who bears an invitation to a wealthy party in hopes of pleasing his wife. She longs the attendance due to the fact that she obtains no fancy jewels or clothing, so she decides to purchase an expensive dress and borrow an extravagant necklace from her friend Madame Forestier. After taking part in the party Mathilde discovers that she has lost the borrowed necklace, in order to replace it the couple ends up in unnecessary debt. The fate of the central character illustrates how the consequences of greed,…

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