How does Madame Loisel in "The Necklace" change emotionally, physically, and mentally?

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Madame Loisel undergoes a complete transformation from beginning to end of Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace."

In the beginning of the story, Mathilde is described as pretty, charming, and born for luxury. She constantly compares her humble life to the one she feels she deserves—one of "dainty dinners, of shining silverware, of tapestry." She is heartbroken that she possesses no jewels or fancy apparel and that she is not envied in her life. Mathilde is described as suffering because she believes she is poor. Everything hurts her—the shabby furniture, the ugly curtains, her plain clothing, even the peasant who she hires to do her housework.

Once her husband gives her the money to purchase an elegant dress, she is not satisfied and decides she needs jewelry. Her husband's brilliant idea to borrow jewelry from her wealthy friend Jeanne solves Mathilde's problem. She is ecstatic to wear such lavish clothing and a diamond necklace, and her entire demeanor changes as a result.

At the party,...

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