In the story “The Necklace” the author’s theme is to show us that greed and envy can lead to destruction. In this story Mathilde is a very envious woman whom always dreamed of a life that she could not have. She was very charming and beautiful woman who thought that she must have been born into the wrong life, since she had no way of getting known and married by a rich man.
Instead she married a simple middle class man and lived a middle class life. All the while she dreamed of living the life of the rich. With beautiful gowns and glittering jewelry. Oh how happy she thought she would be. Then one day it happened that she and her husband where invited to a dinner ball.
Her husband, Mr. Loisel thought this would make his wife so very happy since this is what she spent all of her time day dreaming of. Here it was, the thing that consumed her finally at her doorstep, but she was not happy. In fact, Mathilde was even more distraught because it brought to her attention that she had nothing proper to wear.
Mr. Loisel sympathized with his wife and knowing he had money set aside for a new shot gun, he gave her 400 francs. This was enough money for a pretty dress, not too fancy, but pretty because he knew this would be a rare occasion. As the day drew near Mathilde’s envy overtook her once more and she became distraught.
She decided that she could not go. When Mr. Loisel asked why, she replied that she had no jewelry to wear and that she would look like a beggar and that she would rather not go to the party at all than to look like that in front of rich women. This is the point in the story when the author reveals to the reader that Mathilde wants it all or nothing.
Mr. Loisel suggest that she ask her friend, Mrs. Forrester to borrow one of her jewels. Mathilde thought this would be a great idea and did so. She found a beautiful diamond necklace that she wore that night.
Mathilde had the night of her life that night, pretending to be something that she was not. This is where the story turns on Mathilde. At the end of the night when Mr. & Mrs. Loisel returned home, she realized that she had lost the necklace. After recounting their steps in an attempt to find the necklace, they could not find it. Of course, they had to replace the necklace because Mathilde was all too concerned about outward appearances to be honest with her friend.
Mr. & Mrs. Loisel had to leave their home, get rid of the maid, and work very, very hard in order to pay off the loans taken out to pay for the necklace replacement. Mathilde’s outward beauty began to harden and fade, with her tiresome work, but inwardly she grew more beautiful than ever before. This is because she realized that it is better to be who we are than to dream of being something we are not.
Many years had passed when Mathilde was again saw Mrs. Forrester. Knowing that the necklace was all paid off, she saw no harm in telling Mrs. Forrester what had happened. With much surprise, Mrs.
Forrester laughed and said that her necklace was only costume jewelry. This means that Mathilde gave up everything she had in order to pay off something that never existed. It was an allusion just like the entire life would be. The author themes this story very well, he told about a woman who wanted what she could never have, never realizing that what she wanted was not real happiness it was a costume people put on for show. Happiness comes from within.
Mathilde never appreciated what she had, until she lost it. “The Lesson”In this story the author tells us about a girl named Sylvia, the narrator, who lives in a very low income family. A place where school is not a priority. A place where it is more important to be strong and hard, than to read a book.