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English 102 A Closer Look at Character In any literay work it is absolutely essential to have characters whether major or minor It is also necessary to develop these characters through out the story Character development gives the reader insight to the more important meanings or lessons of the story These lessons are usually brought out by the events that take place within the story Looking at Guy De Maupassants piece The Necklace we see a very clear development of the main character Mathidle In the story we see a change in her attitude about life This change come about when she has to learn one of lifes little lessons the hard way She and her husband are forced to live a life of hard work and struggle because of her own selfish desires Mathilde changes from a woman who spends her time dreaming of all the riches and glory she doesnt have to realizing that she over looked all the riches she did have The story opens with the description of how miserable Mathilde is Maupassant describes her as suffering constantly feeling herself destined for all delicacies and luxeries Pg 4 She sits dreaming of silent rooms nicely decorated and her own private room scented with perfume to have intimate tete-a-tetes with her closest friends Then she is awakened only to realize that she is in her own grim apartment In her eyes she lives a tortured and unfair life Mathidle has a husband named Losiel He is much the opposite of his wife He is completely content with his lifestyle He seems to be a very passive person who doesnt let status or riches effect him Of course if he had the chance to be rich he would but he doesnt dwell on the fact that he is part of the middle class He seems ot be a hard worker and does his best to provide
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