Mathilde Loisel Character Analysis

Mathilde Loisel is a character in Guy De Maupassant's "The Necklace" who is an attractive woman born into a family of clerks. At the story's beginning, she believes that she deserves a better existence and that her current situation is a mistake. Even though she has a loving husband and a comfortable home, she is unhappy with her existence. After a misfortune, Mathilde's personality evolves after a misfortune, and she becomes more genuine. She is a dynamic character because she undergoes a transformation throughout the narrative and gains self-respect due to her achievements. This document examines Mathilde's personality in depth. At the beginning of the narrative, Mathilde is portrayed as an ungrateful individual. She is motivated by her desire for a better existence and is unsatisfied with what she already has. Although she appreciates her attractiveness, she is dissatisfied with all other aspects of her life. Mathilde is constantly preoccupied with living a luxurious lifestyle and m

Mathilde Loisel Character Analysis

When her husband is invited to an event, she is upset because she does not have a nice dress to put on. However, she is still unsatisfied and unhappy after getting the dress because she does not have expensive jewelry to wear. Her ungratefulness is clearly shown in her response when her husband questions her about her behavior. Her response was, "I'm utterly miserable at not having any jewels, not a single stone, to wear, I shall look absolutely no one. I would almost rather not go to the party” (Maupassant 2). According to her response, she is unsatisfied with what she can get and constantly desires to get more than what she can get. 

            In the second part of the story, Mathilde's character changes substantially. She changes from her ungrateful character to a responsible and ambitious woman. After losing the borrowed necklace, she is transformed and begins to portray her strong character. She decides to work alongside her husband so they can pay their debts. Mathilde also becomes active in performing house chores, and she is no longer concerned about her beauty. She shifts her focus to the activities that lead to the growth of her family and help in paying debts. Her husband also recognizes her transformation when he says, "Madame Loisel looked old now. She had become like all the other strong, hard, coarse women of poor households” (Maupassant 5). Mathilde also develops a sense of integrity, which can be seen when she explains to her friend the replacement of the lost necklace. From her explanation, she is not bitter but proud of the course of action she has taken to replace the necklace.


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