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Why is madame Loisel so unhappy as the story opens?

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candy1 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2007 at 3:12 AM via web

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Why is madame Loisel so unhappy as the story opens?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 30, 2007 at 5:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Madame Loisel is unhappy because she is ashamed of her social standing. Madam Loisel has always dreamed of a luxurious life with servants and such, and is unhappy because she is not wealthy. She becomes even more upset when she is invited to a ball. It upsets her because she thinks she has nothing to wear which is appropriate for the occasion. Then she is upset because she doesn't have appropraite jewelry. However the base of both of those complaints is that she is unhappy in her social standing.

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snazario | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 4, 2007 at 9:32 AM (Answer #2)

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Madame Loisel is unhappy as the story opens because she is not living the life style that she wants. It states in the story, "She suffered because of her grim apartment with its drab walls, threadbare furniture, ugly curtains." She is not pleased with how her life has come to be, she was never rich but she dreamed of living that life. When she was unable to do so by marrying a rich man she settles in marrying "a minor clerk in the Ministry of Education."

Madame Loisel believes that luxury and money is what makes a person happy. She sees this in her rich friend Mrs. Forrestier, and she wants to live her life. Loisel believed that everything that Mrs. Forrestier had was expensive. Sadly and in a hard way she learned that she was wrong. So not only does madame Loisel opens the story unhappy, but she also ends it unhappy, and it is all due to her obsession of a luxury life style.

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chaldohoti | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 19, 2007 at 6:50 AM (Answer #3)

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she is ashamed that she is not rich

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neenahh | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 6, 2008 at 3:46 AM (Answer #4)

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because she want to be envied an rich an wants everyones attention wont settle for nothing less she ungreatful an very selfish.

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