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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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In Guy de Maupassant's celebrated short story "The Necklace," Mathilde Loisel and Monsieur Loisel both occupy the same social status and attempt to fulfill their dreams of climbing the social ladder. While Mathilde dreams of becoming an aristocrat and enjoying a luxurious lifestyle, Monsieur Loisel is primarily focused on attaining a better position in the Ministry of Education, which is why he is excited about attending the ball and meeting influential people. Both Mathilde and Monsieur Loisel come from humble backgrounds and are forced to suffer the consequences of losing Madame Forestier's necklace. After Mathilde loses the necklace, Monsieur Loisel spends his inheritance and acquires a significant amount of debt in order to pay for a new, authentic diamond necklace. The couple is forced to move out of their home and struggles for ten years to pay off their debts.

Despite their similarities, Mathilde and her husband have different personalities and do not share the same perspective on...

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Madame and monsieur loisel have opposite perspectives of status. Madame Loisel is obsessed with glamour – with fancy, beautiful, expensive things, and the life that accompanies them. For Mathilde, being wealthy amounts to living in a fairy tale. Being middle class amounts to boredom. She wants the fairy tale: She suffered intensely, feeling herself born for every delicacy and every luxury she is literally never content she longed to be a member of high society and she wanted to live above her means and would do whatever it took to get there, Madame Loisel places material possessions above friendship and the love and faithfulness of her husband. Never in the story is there any indication that she shows gratitude for all the sacrifices of M. Loisel.

However, Monsieur Loisel is M. Loisel is a man who is content with what he has and appreciates the simple things in life M.Loisel is happy with their simple meals: he uncovered the soup tureen and declared with a delighted air, "Ah, the good soup! I don't know anything better than that." Monsieur Loisel doesn’t care for appearances; he suggests the idea of adorning his wife with simple flowers. He is willing to sacrifice everything to please his wife he manages to obtain an invitation to a formal ball.

Another difference between Madame and monsieur liosel have totally opposite characters. Madame Loisel seems vain, greedy, and shallow, fastidious she a never shows any sign of caring or appreciating for him. She always wants more.

. On the other hand monsieur loisel is thrifty, easygoing, simple, loving husband who goes to great lengths to please his wife he brings the invitation to the ball party to please her.

they have different attitudes toward eachother.

they both belong to the middle class society.