Dishonesty In The Necklace By Guy De Maupassant

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Everyday, people make choices. Then they must act on those choices. Though trials arise, everyone must take responsibility for their own choices. Moreover, the blame for problems falls on the one who made the choices, despite his or her blatant denial of responsibility. This is the case with Mathilde Loisel. In “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, Mathilde Loisel faces both inner and outer conflict. She battles the inner turmoil of feeling too poor, whil she also faces the conflict of losing a borrowed necklace. She then must spend ten years in poverty paying off the debt of replacing the necklace. Though she blames fate as well as other for her problems, her despair stems out of her pride and dishonesty. Madame Loisel’s pride draws her into…show more content…
Her dishonesty, both within her and in her actions, commences her anguish. Out of her daydreams and discontentment grows an inability to honestly see the blessings she already has. Because she believes the lie that she deserves better, she cannot enjoy the wonderful things she has. Even “the sight of the little Breton girl who came to do the work… aroused heart-broken regrets” (82) in Mathilde. Despite the fact that Mathilde has someone to do the work for her, she tricks herself into believing the she needs and deserves more. This leads on to more discontentment. So when her husband gives her the invitation to the party, she cannot enjoy the excitement of the thought of attending a ball because she believes she deserves to look better than what she already is. She believes that she deserves to be the belle of the ball, which leads into the fateful borrowing of the necklace. Trapped by her lies, Mathilde’s downfall starts much earlier than losing the necklace. Likewise, Mathilde fails to tell Madame Forestier the truth about what had happened to the necklace. If Mathilde had not fallen back on dishonesty, she and her husband would not have had to face the ten years of poverty. Instead, Mathilde, at her husband’s dictation, chose to write to her friend “and tell her that [she’d] broken the clasp of the necklace and [was] getting it mended” (84). While opting out of facing the wrath of

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