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The Necklace

            Jealousy and envy are among the greatest of sins and have been the down fall of many.
             Maupassant's "The Necklace" is the story of a woman who is overcome with jealousy and envy. .
             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 Mme. Loisel come back to haunt her for many years as .
             the story unfolds with an ironic ending.
             Mathlide Loisel is a character who has much pride in her. It is her motivation to act .
             throughout the story, and it is the key to her downfall. Mathlide's downfall comes into place .
             when she does not tell Mrs. Forrestier that she lost her necklace. Mathlide does not gush out .
             confessions and prostrating herself while pleading for forgiveness, she takes the responsibility .
             for her mistakes by replacing Mrs. Forrestier's necklace. De Maupassant shows her qualities in .
             the introduction, the incident, and the poverty she endures. .
             At the beginning of the story Mathlide pride is so strong that she does not want to face .
             reality. Reality meaning the husband she has and the small household she resumes in. So in order .
             to reject reality she turns to her dreams in which she has the life of ease and riches. Pride comes .
             to place when she is complaining to her husband about the way hey live and how she deserves .
             more than this. When they discover that they have been invited to a big party, she feels she must .
             live up to her pride. Knowing without a doubt that they have no money, she wants to have a .
             beautiful dress and along with the dress she gets a radiant necklace from Mrs. Forrestier. .
             The incident in which Mathlide loses the necklace plays an active role in Mathlide's .
             pride. Mathlide refuses to endure embarrassment by telling Mrs. Forrestier that she lost her .
             necklace, so she goes and replaces the necklace. Her pride will not let her stoop so low into .
             apologizing, pleading for forgiveness for nothing, instead her pride tells her that she is capable of .

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