The Necklace Short Summary
The story ‘The necklace’ depicts the suffering that individuals themselves whenever they wish they had more than what they have. At times, such individuals may not be at worse of position, but the fact they wish they had more one may perceive that they never get satisfied with what they had. On the other hand, one cannot blame such individuals considering they do so because they look at the life they have been through, and the goals they have set for themselves. In this summary, we look at Mathilde Loisel the main character in the story the necklace. Her character even though it’s not as pleasing as one would expect might be a depiction of the character that most people have. Aside from the position set by the story that is concerned about material possession, the outline unravels that her personality is not at all a vice. This also opens a discussion on why she would have that character in the first place.
The story depicts Mathilde Loisel to have been borne with an attractive appearance, and not a wealthy lifestyle. Her whole life she goes through life struggles, and later on, she gets married to a husband who she respects. Unfortunately, the husband is not as wealthy as she may have wished. The story hopes to show her pride and lack of satisfaction, but I disagree with this position since even in the outside world, there are times when an individual may develop their personal dreams, and they may work toward them but they may fail. Still, this never mars them to keep hoping that there is a not way that they could make this achievable. This similar case influences Loisel to wish that she could make her dreams a reality (Korba and Guy 12).
The story portrays women to be under the control of men. Mathilde is just one such personality who has to be under the progress that their man has made. Therefore, even if she intended to have a rich man in her life, the society has made it hard for her by only letting her get married to a man who was not up to her standard. Still, her hope that one day she gets the attention such as the wife of a rich husband never ends until she probably loses the diamond. As for judging, as we may be Mathilde is not of full pride, but she appears to be very cooperative and understanding. When her husband tells her that he can only afford to have 400 francs, she agrees and never causes a scene. The only time she causes a major scene is when she asks the jewelry she will have to wear. Her husband recommends that they could borrow, and she gladly accepts. If indeed she were full of pride, she would not accept to have the borrowed necklace (Korba and Guy 15).
The story may express that we need to be satisfied with the current situation, but one wonders whether it was to get satisfied, whether we would set goals and why we would need them in the first place. On the other hand, the story may make Mathilde appear, like a bad personality that society needs to uproot. Nevertheless, the fact is she has other values that the society would want such as her being courteous. She, in the end, accepts to live under poverty, which is not what one would anticipate of her personality (Korba and Guy 20).
Korba, Joanna, and Guy Maupassant. Guy de Maupassant’s The necklace: a play adaptation. Pelham, NY: Benchmark Education Co, 2007. Print.