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by Guy de Maupassant

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How is Madame Loisel responsible for her own suffering in "The Necklace"?

Mathilde Loisel is responsible for her own suffering in "The Necklace" because her superficial, materialistic desires influenced her to borrow the diamond necklace in the first place. Mathilde was then dishonest with Madame Forestier and went into debt to replace the necklace without her friend knowing. If Mathilde was honest with Madame Forestier from the beginning, she would have discovered that the necklace was a cheap imitation and not have purchased an expensive authentic replica.

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In Guy de Maupassant's celebrated short story "The Necklace," Mathilde Loisel is portrayed as a superficial, materialistic woman, who resents marrying a lowly clerk and desires to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle. Mathilde is an ungrateful, entitled woman, who is not depicted in a sympathetic light. When her husband shows her the invitation to the exclusive ball, Mathilde simply dismisses the message and laments about not having a proper dress or striking jewelry to wear to such an extravagant event. Her reaction illustrates her selfish, materialistic personality and she refuses to attend unless she finds an expensive dress and jewelry to wear.
Mathilde Loisel borrows Madame Forestier's diamond necklace but loses it after the ball. Instead of admitting that she lost the necklace, Mathilde and her husband go into serious debt replacing the expensive piece of jewelry. For ten years, Mathilde and her husband sacrifice and labor to pay off their debts only to discover that Madame Forestier's...

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