Essay The Necklace

975 Words Mar 5th, 2010 4 Pages
Interpreting “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
The value of interpretive fiction lies in the ability of the story to convey some sort of principle that is translatable to everyday life, illustrating practical truths and the demonstrating moral ethics. Guy de Mauppasant’s short story “The Necklace” is full of interpretive and thematic significance. This significance lies in the ability of the story to convey the idea that it is important to recognize the worth in oneself and not to attach meaning to material possessions. Another important point that resonates after reading this story is that happiness does not come in the form of material wealth and that greed for material wealth can ultimately function to diminish all that one has.
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It is amazing to visualize Mathilde at the party after her initial reaction to forego, but this piece of jewellery allows her to feel as though she is this high class bourgeoisie woman, “She danced madly, ecstatically, drunk with pleasure, with no thought for anything, in the triumph of her beauty, in the pride of her success, in a cloud of happiness made up of this universal homage and admiration, of the desires she had aroused, of the completeness of a victory so dear to her feminine heart.”
When the evening is over and Mathilde and her husband return to their home she realizes the necklace is gone and after futile attempts to find it, her husband and her come to the conclusion the Mme Forestier must not find out about this and they replace it. The debt they assume in order to replace this necklace is huge, “Madame Loisel came to know the ghastly life of abject poverty. From the very first she played her part heroically. This fearful debt must be paid off. She would pay it. The servant was dismissed. They changed their flat; they took a garret under the roof.” Mathilde was now living the very life that she despised all because of her greed and her vanity. The irony comes at the end of the story when Mathilde and her husband have finished paying the debts and she sees Mme Forestier and feels the need to tell her of the trials that her and her husband had spent paying off the

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