When one day her husband comes home with an invitation to a fancy dinner party, Mathilde Loisel is hard to convince to attend. She doesn’t want to be embarrassed with her petty outfit and accessories. She finds the self-esteem to wear a dress that is slightly less expensive than the others will be wearing, but one that she feels confident in. The only thing she is missing is a high class accessory. After asking one of her friends, Mme.
Although Madame Loisel looks great with a new, beautiful dress worth four hundred francs, she needs the necklace because she has no jewels and thinks that it is humiliating to look poor in the middle of rich women. That can be an indication of the necklace representing great wealth as she selects the diamond necklace, “At first her eyes noted some bracelets. then a pearl necklace. then a Venetian cross in gold and gems. of marvelous workmanship”(Maupassant 31).
Every once in a while she would run off with Tom and live in an apartment. She would wear these clothes that were way too big for her as well as throw parties and feel rich and snobby. Myrtle is the type of girl who would brag about money. IF we set her within a high school setting, she would be a “popular” who thinks she’s all-that. However, as she tries to escape her husband she happens to be run over by Daisy.
She would daydream of fancy dinners, shinning silverware and delicate furniture. Her desire for wealth is so strong that she can’t even visit her wealthy friend Madame Foresteir without being overwhelmed with jealousy. There was only one time where she was truly happy and that is when she had on a dress that her husband purchased and a diamond necklace that she borrowed from her friend, Mrs. Forestier. Her happiness was short-lived when she and her husband had to spend the next 10 years paying for the necklace that she had lost that night. What use to be a very poise and gentle women had “become the women of impoverished households- strong and hard and rough” (Maupassant 42).
Curley’s wife’s obsession with herself ultimately leads to her death. She knows Lennie is supposed to stay away from her, but thrives on his attention and wants his praise for her soft hair. It is not coincidental that she ends up losing her life because she didn’t want Lennie to mess up her hair. This final event sums up Curley’s wife’s role fairly neatly. Steinbeck presents Curley as a woman with huge dreams and hopes who aspires to be famous in Hollywood and life a king size life.
Dorothy falls for a private detective hired by Lorelei’s fiancé's father, and there’s a constant dialogue between the two friends about marrying for money or marrying for love. Marilyn Monroe is known for being a voluptuous, glamorous blonde, and was often viewed as a sex icon in American culture. In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she plays a rather “dumb blonde” who is obsessed with money and diamonds. She relates love directly to money, and finds a husband she lands a rich man who is enamored by her beauty. She always tries to remind Dorothy to “stop having fun and find happiness” and tries to convince her that it’s more important to marry for money than marry for love.
Lady Windermere changed for the worst, almost leading to her downfall. Meg had her wayward inhibitions all along. The first impression of newlywed Meg Windermere is she seems an irresponsible and immature character. She seductively and teasingly offers her hand to playboy Lord Darlington, in an attempt to seek his attention. Simultaneously she acts loyal to her husband by stating 'its my wedding ring, I never take it off.'
Rosaura is the main character in the “Stolen Party” and came from a poor family. One day she was invited to her rich study partner’s birthday party and asked her mother if she could go. Rosaura’s mother worked for the rich girls mom Senora Ines. She did not think it was a good idea for Rosaura to attend the party due to their social differences but her mom let her go anyway. Rosaura had a blast at the party; she won all the games and got to see the magician’s monkey ahead of time.
The protagonist, Madame Loisel is a, ‘pretty and charming girl,’ we are told who, ‘as she has no dowry or inheritance marries a junior clerk in the Ministry of Public Instruction.’ The story is based around her and the fact that she feels she has married beneath herself, something many people (women especially) of this time would have sympathised with and understood. Mathilde Loisel’s husband manages to get her an invitation to an exclusive ball and she get a new dress and borrows a diamond necklace for the occasion. After having a wonderful evening at the ball Mathilde returns home to find that at some point during the evening she has lost the necklace and it cannot be found anywhere. Mathilde and Loisel then spend the rest of their lives trying to repay the debt they accumulated while trying to replace the necklace. Ironically the necklace was a fake and all their hard work was for nothing.
She would basically day-dream about being rich and wealthy. Mathilde crave for richness caused her pain and downfall in her life. Mathilde is also very manipulative; she would always manipulate her husband to get him to buy things for her. Mathilde was invited to a formal dinner but she didn’t have any dress for the occasion. Her husband was willing to give her money to get a dress and Mathilde didn’t hesitate to take it.