The lifestyle were drastic and did her more

The
Necklace, a short story
by Guy Maupassant, is about a woman who wastes and spends her life trying to
repay something that was not even real. The author presents the main themes, greediness
and selfishness, through the character of Mathilde, and how these, in many occasions,
lead to unhappiness. Mathilde had the right to be a
little envious, everyone does, but the lengths that she took to achieve the
“luxurious” lifestyle were drastic and did her more damage than good. Behind
all of the struggles portrayed to the reader there is a very valuable lesson to
live by, and that is that life is too short to be focused on meaningless,
materialistic things, especially when there are problems of greater importance in
the world.

After reading about Mathilde and
her difficulties of losing the necklace and wasting her life away to pay for
it, I felt sorry for her. Now, looking back, I just feel anger towards her for
being greedy and focused on insignificant things. This story reminded me that
we 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 husband
for a new dress. I became really upset because evidently her husband was wishful
to take her to an event where he knew that she would have fun and take a break
from her daily routines. However, she was ungrateful for the invitation because
she wanted a new dress to go to the event. To me, this was the point where Mathilde
started showing her true emotions of envy towards those of a higher class. If
she would have simply appreciated the gesture of her husband, she would not
have lost the necklace nor wasted ten years of her life on something literally worthless.
People need to remember what their life’s purpose is
on this earth and realize that everything happens for a reason. Not everyone is
meant to be wealthy and not everyone is meant to be poor. If there is one person
I feel pity for in this short story, is for Mathilde’s husband who had to put
up with her repeated and persistent complaints. That man gave his everything to
make his wife happy and she was never satisfied with what she had. Even though
it was her the one who committed the mistake, he was still there besides her,
helping to recover what she had done.

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                In conclusion, Mathilde was so caught
up in living the extravagant life that she forgot who she was and what she had
in life. She did not lack a thing; she had the essential needs to survive and a
loving, caring husband who clearly was willing to do anything for her. When people
become 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 life
trying to pay for something that wasn’t even real. People should not take what
they have for granted, instead they should be happy with the people that they
have in their life and not focus so much on their possessions. As Gandhi once said, “earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s
needs, but not every man’s greeds.” This perfectly sums up the moral of
the story, The Necklace.