Guy De Maupassant's "The Necklace".

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In Guy De Maupassant's "The Necklace", the author uses various material objects to reveal Mathilde Loisel's superficial personality. Mathilde, "born, as if by error of destiny, into a family of clerks and copyists" always wanted to be a part of the elite in the Champs-Elysees. Mithilde, a woman with servants to do many of her chores would be considered by many modern women to have a pretty spoiled life. This to us a luxury, apparently is not enough for the unappreciative Mrs. Loisel. As an engineer of the home, Mathilde relied on the means of her clerk husband for support. He provided her with a shelter over her head, food on the table, and clothes on her back. For this, many would be grateful but for Mrs. Loisel this brought shame and depression. For she figured she should be embellished in the materials of the rich rather than that of a theater dress, a shawl, and a buggy that her poor husband was providing.

Mithilde Loisel contained a burning desire to mingle with the prestigious and live an expensive life. She squabbled day after day in misery of what she did not have rather than enjoying what she did. Not once did she lift a finger to attempt to aid in her financial growth but rather spent her time complaining about her meaningless poor life. She envied her rich friend Mrs. Forresterier and often considered breaking their ties due to the difference in their financial standings. She was appreciative of nothing but money and surpassed the truly important things in life. She had a husband he loved her dearly and who gave his all to make her happy. Her husband saw her sorrows and gave her a chance to mingle with the people who she felt she rightfully...