The Necklace Essay

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The Necklace

In the story “The Necklace” the author’s theme is to show us that greed and envy can lead to destruction. In this story Mathilde is a very envious woman whom always dreamed of a life that she could not have. She was very charming and beautiful woman who thought that she must have been born into the wrong life, since she had no way of getting known and married by a rich man. Instead she married a simple middle class man and lived a middle class life. All the while she dreamed of living the life of the rich. With beautiful gowns and glittering jewelry. Oh how happy she thought she would be. Then one day it happened that she and her husband where invited to a dinner ball. Her husband, Mr. Loisel thought this would
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This is the point in the story when the author reveals to the reader that Mathilde wants it all or nothing. Mr. Loisel suggest that she ask her friend, Mrs. Forrester to borrow one of her jewels. Mathilde thought this would be a great idea and did so. She found a beautiful diamond necklace that she wore that night. Mathilde had the night of her life that night, pretending to be something that she was not. This is where the story turns on Mathilde. At the end of the night when Mr. & Mrs. Loisel returned home, she realized that she had lost the necklace. After recounting their steps in an attempt to find the necklace, they could not find it. Of course, they had to replace the necklace because Mathilde was all too concerned about outward appearances to be honest with her friend. Mr. & Mrs. Loisel had to leave their home, get rid of the maid, and work very, very hard in order to pay off the loans taken out to pay for the necklace replacement. Mathilde’s outward beauty began to harden and fade, with her tiresome work, but inwardly she grew more beautiful than ever before. This is because she realized that it is better to be who we are than to dream of being something we are not. Many years had passed when Mathilde was again saw Mrs. Forrester. Knowing that the necklace was all paid off, she saw no harm in telling Mrs. Forrester what had happened. With much surprise, Mrs. Forrester laughed and said that her necklace was only costume jewelry. This means

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