Essay on `` The Necklace `` By Guy De Maupassant

772 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
The Arrogant Woman People often acquire jealousy because they long for what they cannot have. The main character, Mathilde, in Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace”, portrays jealousy. Even though she has a good life, she still is not satisfied. She wants the life rich women have, but when she has the chance to experience that life, everything goes wrong. The author uses her to show the negative effects that could come from jealousy. In “The Necklace”, Guy de Maupassant depicts jealousy and pride as dangerous traits through the main character’s beauty and desire to want what she cannot have, and the consequences of losing what little she possessed.

Jealousy is often a result of pride because Mathilde’s unrestrained arrogance causes her to covet over others luck in life. First, Mathilde’s beauty causes her to be self conscious about the way she looks. She laments her station in life, saying, “there is nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich.” She quotes,“It annoys me not to have a single jewel, not a single stone, nothing to put on. I shall look like a distress.” Mathilde feels as if she has to look a certain way in order to fit in with the rich. Furthermore, Mathilde’s beauty causes her to believe she deserves to be treated as if she was higher status. Mathilde complains, “She suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born for all the delicacies and all the luxuries.” Because she is an elitist, she feels she is entitled to the…

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