TheNecklace, a short storyby Guy Maupassant, is about a woman who wastes and spends her life trying torepay something that was not even real. The author presents the main themes, greedinessand selfishness, through the character of Mathilde, and how these, in many occasions,lead to unhappiness. Mathilde had the right to be alittle envious, everyone does, but the lengths that she took to achieve the”luxurious” lifestyle were drastic and did her more damage than good. Behindall of the struggles portrayed to the reader there is a very valuable lesson tolive by, and that is that life is too short to be focused on meaningless,materialistic things, especially when there are problems of greater importance inthe world. After reading about Mathilde andher difficulties of losing the necklace and wasting her life away to pay forit, I felt sorry for her.
Now, looking back, I just feel anger towards her forbeing greedy and focused on insignificant things. This story reminded me thatwe should be grateful for what we have in life and not be so envious of others.Knowing that it would be burdensome to afford one, Mathilde begged her husbandfor a new dress. I became really upset because evidently her husband was wishfulto take her to an event where he knew that she would have fun and take a breakfrom her daily routines.
However, she was ungrateful for the invitation becauseshe wanted a new dress to go to the event. To me, this was the point where Mathildestarted showing her true emotions of envy towards those of a higher class. Ifshe would have simply appreciated the gesture of her husband, she would nothave lost the necklace nor wasted ten years of her life on something literally worthless.People need to remember what their life’s purpose ison this earth and realize that everything happens for a reason. Not everyone ismeant to be wealthy and not everyone is meant to be poor. If there is one personI feel pity for in this short story, is for Mathilde’s husband who had to putup with her repeated and persistent complaints. That man gave his everything tomake his wife happy and she was never satisfied with what she had.
Even thoughit was her the one who committed the mistake, he was still there besides her,helping to recover what she had done. In conclusion, Mathilde was so caughtup in living the extravagant life that she forgot who she was and what she hadin life. She did not lack a thing; she had the essential needs to survive and aloving, caring husband who clearly was willing to do anything for her.
When peoplebecome greedy and egoistical, they end up losing more then they negotiate for.Mathilde serves as the perfect example for that, wasting ten years of her lifetrying to pay for something that wasn’t even real. People should not take whatthey have for granted, instead they should be happy with the people that theyhave in their life and not focus so much on their possessions. As Gandhi once said, “earth provides enough to satisfy every man’sneeds, but not every man’s greeds.” This perfectly sums up the moral ofthe story, The Necklace.