The Necklace

by Guy de Maupassant

"Greedy eaters dig their graves with their teeth" French Proverb

In "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant...

Mathilde Loisel is a pretty young woman who feels that she does not have what she deserves. Her husband, who has a low paying job, gives her everything he can, but not everything she wants. When they are invited to a party at her husbands work Madame Loisel feels she deserves a glamorous outfit. Although her husband spends his savings to buy her a new dress, it is still not enough. As Madame Loisel borrows a seemingly expensive necklace from a friend, this greed for material objects leads to her downfall.

In "The Necklace", Madame Loisel proves that greed and material objects do not bring happiness.

A quote that shows that greed and material objects do not bring happiness is...

"Frightened by the pains yet to come, by the black misery which was about to fall upon him, by the prospect of all the physical privation and of all the moral tortures which he was to suffer, he went to get the new necklace, putting down upon the merchant’s counter thirty-six thousand francs" (de Maupassant).

This quote shows that material objects will not always bring happiness because...

in order to return what she borrowed from her friend, the Loisel's buy a replacement necklace. In order to replace it they must spend all of their money which leads to their downfall. Although, the necklace may have brought Madame Loisel the happiness she was looking for in the end it only brought upon more misery.

In conclusion,

material objects and greedy will not always bring happiness. Even though material objects may bring a form of satisfaction, it will not bring true lasting happiness.

Ms. Eminger

English I

Period 1

May 20, 2016