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Guy de Maupassants short story The Necklace is about a woman who longs for another life that seems a world away She has a loving husband and a comfortable home but does not appreciate what she has because of her desire to be wealthy The irony is that in an attempt to gain access to this world she weaves a web of destruction that takes her to a life much worse than what she already has Maupassants The Necklace portrays how envy greed and dishonesty leads to destruction in the life of the main character Mathilde Loisel Envy is the first element that leads to destruction in the life of Mathilde Loisel She is in constant conflict with what she believes she is entitled to and what she already has Mathilde was born into a modest family that did not offer her the social status that she believed she was destined to be a part of Although she was a beautiful and charming woman capable of marrying well above her she marries a man within her own social class She was a materialistic woman and therefore her choice of husband has left her miserable and longing for more She spent her days dreaming about an elaborate home elegant jewelry and lavish dresses She was envious of the lifestyle that comes with a higher rank of social class She had no clothes no jewels nothing And these were the only things she loved she felt that she was made for them De Maupassant Mathilde is unable to see what is already present in her life because of her desire for these material items Her husband is a grateful man satisfied with simple meals such as Scotch broth He provides a modest home and security for the two of them It is her envy of this other life that leads her
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