In the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, the protagonist Mathilde is a static character who remains ungrateful, vain, and irresponsible throughout. When Mathilde gets an invitation to go to a ball, she gets upset at her husband after he triesd so hard to get the invitation for her (2). She insists that “I have no dress and consequently I cannot go to this ball” (2). When her husband gives her four hundred400 francs to buy a dress, she never even thanks him (2). Even after she has a dress, she whines about not having jewels to put on which leads her to borrow a diamond necklace from her friend Madame Forestier (2). Mathilde is happy for the first time when she feels “prettier than all the others . . .” (3) at the ball. However, So she runs in embarrassment from the ball because she hates her “modest wraps of common life . . .” (3). Mathilde’sHer appearance dictates her mood at any given time. When Mathilde loses the necklace, she chooses to lie to buy time to find a new necklace, albeit a push from her husband playsed a part in it (4). Mathilde runs from a confrontation and does not own up to her mistake. She then spends ten years of her life paying for the necklace through hard labor, but she still dreams of her day at the ball and reminisces about how beautiful she looked (5). Even after she suffers as a consequence of her vanity, she still daydreams about her beauty. After Mathilde is done paying all the debts, she runs into Madame Forestier in the streets. Madame Forestier is sympathetic about how much Mathilde has changed, but instead of thanking her for her concerns Mathilde blames Madame Forestier for the years of hardship (5). She does not appreciate others caring for her and disregards her responsibility for her situation. Overall, Mathilde is a static character who is consistently ungrateful, vain, and irresponsible even though she hasd the opportunity to change her perspective.


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