The necklace

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In the story “The Necklace”, the main character Mathilde is a middle class woman who believes that money, material things and beauty will bring happiness to ones life. But one necklace and a night to remember leaves Mathilde to live the life of a very unhappy woman.

Mathilde shows to be a woman who is very naïve because of her out looks on the way she believed life should be for a woman of her decent. Mathidle felt as if she should have been born into all the finer things in life and because she didn’t have these luxuries she was some how determined to get her hands on something she beleived was worth value even if it was only for one night. “She suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born for all the delicacies and all the luxuries”(130). With Mathidle being a naïve woman of poverty she does what ever it takes to get a taste of the upper class life on the night at the palace.

Mathidle is given a necklace to borrow from a very close friend of hers named Mme Forestier. When Mathidle sees the necklace she is very shocked on how beautiful it was. “her heart began to beat with a immoderate desire. Her hands trembled as she took it”(132). When Mathidle entered the doors of the palace she was one of the most beautiful women at the ball. Mathidle danced the night away experiencing what it felt like to liveGibson Page 2the life of a beautiful elegant woman who every one adored. “She was prettier than them all, elegant, gracious, smiling, and crazy with joy. All the men looked at her..”(132). As the night ends and Mathidle heads home she realizes that she has lost Mme Forestier ’s necklace and she is devastated. Her carelessness causes...