Jealousy and envy are among the greatest of sins and have been the down fall of many. Guy De Maupassant's short story "The Necklace is the story of a woman who is overcome with jealousy and envy. It tells about a woman's intense desire of becoming associated with the upper class and how it ultimately brings about her downfall into poverty. Mathilde Loisel feels she has been cheated by life from all of the wonderful things it has to offer. The reader learns how these qualities in Mathilde Loisel come back to haunt her for many years as the story unfolds with an ironic ending. The protagonist, Mathilde Loisel, shows many characteristics that bring about her downfall. Her selfishness, unwillingness to accept her social role, and excessive pride lead her into a life far from her dreams.
Mathilde Loisel, as the main character of the story, is truly believable. She is described as "one of those pretty and charming girls who are sometimes, born into a family of clerks". The author describes how she suffers from her lifestyle of being middle-class. There is a stereotypical "rich man, poor man" quality as Mathilde Loisel longs for the material things that her old schoolmate Madame Forester has. The main character's life, as well as her husband's, takes a dramatic turn and the author describes the physical and emotional changes in great detail. The theme of the story is that through the woman's downfall to poverty, she makes the realization to appreciate what she has. Throughout the story of "The Necklace Mathilde Loisel's discontent with her average life is evident. She proves to be obsessed with having a wealthy lifestyle by her thoughts and actions. "She had no dresses, no jewels, nothing. And she loved nothing but that. She shows no regard for anyone but herself. Although her husband sacrifices his whole life and earnings for her, Mathilde shows him no appreci