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‘The Necklace’ advocates the importance of truthfulness in our lives. Elaborate.


What message does the author wants to convey in ‘The Necklace’?

‘The Necklace’ has a very valuable message. Exemplifying it with the fate of Matilda, the author advocates the importance of truthfulness in our lives.
Matilda represents many men and women who belonging to poor families have a fascination for the life of rich. They can't accept themselves the way they are and never live with contentment.
Thinking herself to be born for all delicacies and luxuries, Matilda wasn’t true to herself and her life. She could never happily accept that she was born in a poor family. The poor standards of living angered her and she suffered incessantly.
When she was invited to an official ball party, she tried to hide her poverty by borrowing a necklace from her friend. She lost it. To save her from being insulted, she didn't tell the truth to her friend. She and her husband decided to replace that diamond necklace with a new one. She suffered immensely for ten long years just because of her pretentious nature, over-ambitiousness and falsehood.
Th portrayal of Matilda’s character and the crisis that she had to face eventually teaches that honesty, truth and being content are the keys to a happy life. 


What was Matilda's reaction to the invitation for the Minister’s ball party? Why?

Matilda was not delighted at all to receive the invitation. She knew that all the aristocrats would be there displaying their riches. So, she got spiteful and irritated. She started shedding tears. She had a deep longing to attend the party and look beautiful. But she had no suitable dress to wear for such a great occasion.


Why Matilda hurried to go to her house after the party?

After the party, Mr Loisel covered Matilda's shoulders with a modest wrap to save her from cold. Thinking that wrap would look cheap as compared to the furs wrapped by the other women in the party, Matilda hurried to go to her house. She didn’t want to be ridiculed of her poverty. So she wanted to leave that place as soon as possible.


What made Matilda avoid to visit her school mate?

Thinking herself to be born for luxuries, Matilda suffered incessantly on account of her poverty.
Matilda had a school mate who was rich. Matilda felt envious of her. Whenever she visited her, Matilda was reminded of her poverty. She cried from despair and disappointment. So she didn’t like to visit her.


Why was Loisel grieved?

Mr Loisel had expected that Matilda would be happy to see the invitation card. He thought as she never goes out, she would be delighted to see that. To his surprise, Matilda threw the card away spitefully. She was irritated. She started crying and asked him to give tht card to his colleague whose wife was better fitted out than she was. So, he was grieved.