Guy De Maupassant's short story "The Necklace" demonstrates how through misfortune can lead to self-improvement of oneself over time. Madame Mathilde was a beautiful and delightful young lady who has not very many high expectations or accomplishments, and has no way to be accepted into the extravagant society and lifestyle in which she dreams about. In Guy De Mauspassant's “The Necklace”, the author examines the theme of how learning a challenging lesson about honesty can carry a huge influence on someone for the rest of their life.
The author uses plots and events to develop the theme of this essay in many ways. One major event that contributes to the theme of this short story is when Mathilde loses the prized necklace that her friend gave her to wear. This major event changes the main character greatly as she does not tell her friend about this but instead works to pay off the cost of the necklace as “ it was priced at forty thousand franc” (Maupassant 5). This amount of money is massive to Mathilde and the only way to pay it off is for her and her husband to work an excessive amount of hours. This work the character changes greatly and causes her to work. This event greatly characterizes the theme of the story as the character is caused to work and through this she learns a lesson to be honest and this had changed her.
The development of the character also characterizes the theme greatly in the short story of “The Necklace” as it characterizes the change of the character throughout the short story and how she improves through learning the lesson and benefit of honesty. As aforementioned when she misplaces the prized necklace her friend gave her, Mathilde has to work for many years to pay off the immense price of the necklace to pay her friend back. This work greatly changes the character as she develops from a beautiful lady wanting to live in the upper class, to a lower class old woman. When she sees her friend Mme. Forestier she speaks to...