On one hand, Maupassant writes that beauty was the way women could advance their place in society. It was a time of peace and technological innovation electricity, for example. Her husband works evenings and takes on side jobs bookkeeping and copying. Mathilde—now Madame Loisel—had always felt like she should have been upper class, and is unhappy in her married life: she hates their home, their food, and her lack of fine clothing and jewelry. They find a jeweler with a replacement and negotiates to pay thirty six thousand francs. Forestier makes those sacrifices meaningless.
She envies her friend Jeanne who has a large house and lots of jewelry. Had she been more honest about losing it in the first place, she and her husband wo … ld not have had to ruin their lives and perhaps health to replace it. Loisel bitter about her inability to improve her social class, but the Loisels also value different things, with those values mapping along gender lines. She fed her pride for one night but paid for it over the next 10 years of hardship, which destroyed her beauty. Mathilde feels the burden of her poverty intensely. If she had detected the substitution, what would she have thought? As they are leaving the party, M.
The twist ending also exposes the deceptiveness of appearances and the dangers of attributing too much power to material possessions, since their value may be illusory. The next ten years Mathilde's life changes dramatically. He would borrow the rest. She went up to her. With hair half combed, with skirts awry, and reddened hands, she talked loudly as she washed the floor with great swishes of water.
It is kind of vague exactly how the property was lost- maybe she was drunk and left it down carelessly- well a comment on vanity and pride run amuck- but I doubt it could happen in real life for the above reasons. The couple places a notice with the police department and, at the suggestion of her husband, Madame Loisel writes a note to her friend saying the clasp of the necklace has broken and they are having it repaired. It is known for its Ironic ending , which was a hallmark of de Maupassant's style. But they could not find it. Preparing for a party, Mathilde borrows a necklace from a rich friend, only to lose the jewelry that night. She also does work on the side while her husband works multiple jobs to pay back all the money they borrowed.
It was Madame Forestier, still young, still beautiful, still charming. Is Mathilde a dynamic or static character? The clearest example of this style comes in the final third of the story, when he describes the poor, working lives of the Loisels. He implores her to visit Madame Forestier and borrow something from her. The short story's theme involves the pitfalls of pride. By contrasting the appearances of Mathilde and Mme. Loisel that she felt it on her after leaving the ball, so it must be in the road somewhere. Madame Loisel looked old now.
Everything in the house is by the help of advanced machinery. Loisel's flaws comes when the couple has just gotten home from the party: Mme. He hopes that Mathilde will be thrilled with the chance to attend an event of this sort, but she is instantly angry and begins to cry. The couple does not have much money left, so her husband suggests that she should buy flowers to wear with it. The story was first published on 17 February 1884 in the French newspaper. She had a rich friend, a former schoolmate at the convent, whom she no longer wanted to visit because she suffered so much when she came home.
The main character in this story, Mathilde Loisel, wanted so badly to be rich that she ended up losing everything she had. She visits her friend and chooses a diamond necklace from her collection. Pride also prevented her friend from acknowledging initially that the necklace was a fake, which would have prevented Mathilde's downfall. At first he suggests she wears flowers, however, realizing that she is not pleased he later suggests she asks her wealthy friend. All the years labor turns Mathilde old and no longer beautiful. In a sudden burst of emotion, Madame Loisel reveals her entire story of losing the necklace, replacing it, and working off the cost of the replacement ever since. By contrasting the appearances of Mathilde and Mme.
They could have it for thirty-six thousand. After a week with no news, M. When she requests this amount, her husband pales, thinking of the hunting gun for which he has been saving that exact amount; nonetheless, he agrees. Mathilde, however, longs to be rich. And he was remembering that he had to be back at his office at ten o'clock.
Sitting at home, a hardened, old woman, Madame Loisel thinks back on how her life might have been, had she not lost the necklace. Writing Themes About Literature 7th ed. The nursery has the walls and floors finished with crystalline. Forestier a visit in order to borrow some jewelry. With no money for a dowry, she is married to , a clerk from the Board of Education.
And he did borrow, asking for a thousand francs from one man, five hundred from another, five louis here, three louis there. Finally, they head home in the wee hours of the morning. When they arrive home, Mathilde realizes that the necklace is missing. In a panic, Monsieur Loisel goes outside and retraces their steps. Her husband, after being chastised for suggesting she wear flowers in her hair instead, suggests that she ask to borrow some jewels from her rich friend, Mme.