What are the differences and similarities between Madame Loisel and Monsieur Loisel in "The Necklace"?

Differences between Madame Loisel and Monsieur Loisel in "The Necklace" include their differing perspectives on life and feelings regarding the ball. Madame Loisel is not content with her current social status or living situation and is not excited about the ball. In contrast, Monsieur Loisel is satisfied with his life and looks forward to the party. The two characters share similar backgrounds, occupy the same social status, and suffer the consequences of losing Madame Forestier's necklace.

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Monsieur Loisel wants to please his wife, who he loves, whereas Madame Loisel is self-absorbed and indifferent to her husband. He has married a beautiful wife, who he sees as a prize, whereas she is frustrated by being married to a man of her own lower middle class status rather than a fabulous aristocrat. In short, Monsieur Loisel is satisfied with his life while Madame Loisel is tormented with discontent.

From what little we see of Monsier Loisel, his interests appear to be directed outward. He likes to hunt and looks forward to a hunting trip with a group of male friends. He make an effort to get an invitation to the ball with the intent of pleasing his wife. Madame Loisel's interest, however, are directed inward: her chief interest seems to be reading the romance novels that feed her discontent with her comfortable middle class life.

The two are alike in that they both work in an honest and dedicated way to pay off the diamond necklace they buy to replace the one of Madame Loisel's...

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