In Guy de Maupassant's short story "The Necklace," how is Madame Loisel ungrateful?

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In Guy de Maupassant's short story "The Necklace," Madame Loisel is ungrateful because she is never satisfied with what she has. She is forever wishing for a more, believing she has been shortchanged by life. She never shows appreciation for what she has, including a hard-working husband who tries his best to make her happy.

While Madame Loisel is a pretty young woman, she was born into a family without money or connections. Without a dowry or prospects...

...she let herself be married to a little clerk of the Ministry of Public Instruction.

Even this reference makes her seem ungrateful, as if despite a similar position in society, she allows herself to marry beneath the station she feels entitled to. During this time period, it is more socially acceptable to be married than be a spinster. This is one way in which she should be pleased with her life. However, she acts as if she "had fallen from a higher station."  

Mathilde suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born to enjoy all the...

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