Envy And Jealousy In Maupassant's The Necklace

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Many lives are driven by envy. In Maupassant’s story “The Necklace,” the main character, Mathilde, is revealed to be very envious and jealous. Envy and jealousy can drive people to their ultimate destruction. Some people are envious of others, but Mathilde is envious of the finer things in life. Mathilde’s yearning for wealth and riches alters her future and ultimately brings upon her downfall. Mathilde has since childhood been envious of the lifestyle of her wealthier friends. In the story maupassant explains,”She had no dresses, no jewels, nothing. And she loved nothing but that; she felt made for it.” Basically, Maupassant is trying to show everyone the kind of life Mine. Loisel believes she deserves, and the life she feels she has been robbed of. Mathilde believes that she has always deserved to be wealthy she…show more content…
She is jealous and believes she is worthy of all of the luxuries of life that everyone around her has. Mine. Loisel had many dreams that consisted of lavish things and many luxuries: She thought of dainty dinners, of shining silverware, of tapestry which peopled the walls with ancient personages and with strange birds flying in the midst of a fairy forest; and she thought of delicious dishes served on marvellous plates, and of the whispered gallantries which you listen to with a sphinx-like smile, while you are eating the pink flesh of a trout or the wings of a quail. (Maupassant.) Her desire to have expensive things in life drives her to the ultimate outcome of her fate. Maupassant foreshadows that the necklace will be the instrument of mathilde’s downfall in The Necklace “ All of a sudden she discovered, in a black satin box, a superb necklace of diamonds; and her heart began to beat with an immoderate desire.’ (Maupassant) This necklace of her friends is the thing that ultimately determined her fate. Taking this necklace turned out to be the worst decision she had ever

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