Essay on the short story the necklace movie
Mme. Loisel's pride causes her to make her first mistake shortly before the ball. Committed to the belief that "there's nothing more humiliating than to look poor around other women who are rich," (48) she decides that to merely have a dress is not good enough. She tells her husband that she wants jewelry. So she asks her old school friend (whom she otherwise avoids) if she can borrow a necklace, which as far as she knows may be worth thirty-six thousand francs. She uses this necklace at the ball, dancing with other men than her husband, while he sleeps in the back room. Between the hours in a crowded ballroom and the long walk to find a cab in the night, it was not at all improbable that the seemingly valuable necklace would have been stolen. Whether the necklace is stolen or just misplaced, it is indeed lost. Had she stopped to think, Mme. Loisel may have realized that there was some risk in borrowing a necklace that she thought was so expensive. Also, the impression she makes at the ball would not likely have much bearing on her life later on. Her refusal to wear natural roses shows us that one of her worst fears is to appear poor. Thus to prevent injury to her pride she makes a gamble in which winning will bring little, and losing, although the chance of such is overlooked, has drastic consequences.
The Story Of An Hour The Necklace English Literature Essay
In Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" Mathilde Loisel, a middle-class housewife, fantasizes about leading a life of wealth. Mme. Loisel is a proud woman. She feels herself "born for all the delicacies and all the luxuries" (46). Since she was born into a middle-class family, she lacks access to the comforts of an upper-class life. Thinking that her beauty should earn her a higher place in society, she is discontent. She stopped seeing her wealthy former schoolmate "because she suffered ceaselessly when she came back." (47) Seeing Mme. Forestier, whom Loisel had once viewed as a peer, in a higher social status than herself disgusts Loisel. She attempts to make a good outward appearance to others in order to make up for her contempt for her social class. She dresses as elegantly as possible, clinging to the dream that "Natural fineness, instinct for what is elegant, suppleness of wit, are the sole hierarchy, and make from women of the people the equals of the very greatest ladies" (46). However, after she attends the ball her life slopes downward as debt on the necklace forces her into poverty. On more than one occasion she has the chance avoid or correct her difficulties with the necklace, and though the humble solution is also the best solution in both cases, she chooses to suffer unnecessarily for vanity's sake. She makes the choices she does because her pride will not allow her to do otherwise.
Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace”, tells a tale of a vain, narcissistic housewife who longed for the aristocratic lifestyle that she believed she was creditable for.