Essay #2 \"The Necklace\" - Flood 1 Tayler Flood Professor Leano English 101 2 October 2014 Catchy Title Everyone enjoys having nice things that

Essay #2 "The Necklace" - Flood 1 Tayler Flood Professor...

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Tayler FloodProfessor LeanoEnglish 1012 October 2014“Catchy Title”Everyone enjoys having nice things; that beautiful car everyone turns their head to look atthat diamond ring that sparkles in the sunlight, or that dream house one wishes they could afford.Some people, however, feel they deserve more than what they have. In Guy de Maupassant’s, “The Necklace,” he shows that people pay a terrible price for greed. In this short story the messages are: greed for material items, ungratefulness for one’s relationships, and lying can all contribute to a downward spiral in one’s life. Greed and envy are two characteristics that can lead one down a road of self-destruction. Mathilde Loisel was a very envious woman who always dreamed of a better existence. Mathilde was a beautiful woman, but “she had no dowry, no expectations, no means of being unknown, understood, loved, wedded by any rich and distinguished man; and she let herself be married to alittle clerk at a Ministry of Public Instructions” (Maupassant 599). She is disconnected with her own life. Although Mme. Loisel has a loving husband, and a house, and a person to help her withher home, she is blind to those things, her main focus is on the wealth she does not have. Mathilde is constantly daydreaming of the life she thinks she deserves:…She thought of dainty dinners, of shinning silverware, of tapestry which peopled the walls with ancient personages and with strange birds flying in the midst of a fairy forest; and the thought of delicious dishes served on marvelous Flood 1
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plates, and the whispered gallantries which you listen to with a sphinxlike smile, while you are eating the pink flesh of a trout or the wings of a quail. (599)The constant reminder of how she lives, what she eats, and how she dresses quickly terminates these daydreams, and sends Mathilde back into her miserable life. Mathilde’s husband, MonsieurLoisel, does not possess a greedy attitude such as his wife. Monsieur gets an invitation to the
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