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"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

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Transcript of "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

Theme Did getting that object get you into trouble? Setting Style Characters Characters Symbolism Edit Path Have you ever coveted something that you could not have? "The Necklace"

written by Guy de Maupassant Group Members:
Yaneli Barrientos
Maritza Bermudez The Short Story
English 356
Professor Greene
Stephanie Bingochea
Laura Hoffman
Krista Peredesij Literary
Analysis of... phone? car? laptop? clothes? money? Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893 "The Necklace" "Credited with technical advanced that moved the short story toward an austerity that has marked it ever since" (Charters, 870) Lack of sentimentality toward his characters French writer Point of View Paris, France Looking back at characters, symbolism, theme and style in Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace," we can come to many conclusions such as being happy with what you have and speaking the truth to avoid greater problems. That's all folks! In the story, Madame Loisel thinks that having luxuries will let her live a better life. Materialistic power/ greed In addition, Madame Loisel does not even think of her husband and what he might want. Her husband on the contrary gives her the money he had saved up to buy a gun so she can buy herself a fancy dress. This has her appear as a greedy and selfish person for what she wants. Focusing so much on what she does not have, she does not take the time to be grateful for the blessings that she does have. Things are not always as they appear With the necklace, it first looks to be worth thousands of francs but in the end it turn out to be worth only 500 francs instead or 36,000 francs. Honesty If the couple had chosen to be honest, with the necklace being lost, they would have been saved from all of the excessive hardship and would have saved quiet a bit of money. The truth could have set them free and allowed them to live a life that would have been more pleasant. This beautiful necklace, although cheap, makes her feel rich and accepted at the party. Because she feels wealthy, others believe in her wealth.
The main character does not know the necklace is fake. Her friend may have with held this information to seem wealthier (presumed). The dress that she wears to the ball is a very elegant dress and above what she would normally wear out to places. The story describes her as standing out from the rest in her beauty as "she was prettier than them all, elegant,gracious, smiling and crazy with joy." Which is opposed to how she felt at the beginning as" she suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born for all the delicacies and luxuries" (Guy, 871). The main symbol in the story is the necklace itself. The necklace represents the power of perception and appearance vs reality. a diamond necklace...? Guy de Maupassant "Boule de Suif" In "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant, it is clear that it is in third person and is narrated by an omniscient narrator, who knows clearly what is going on in the heads and emotions of the characters. The language is mostly objective and casual tone, but the tone is elevated as the conflict grows just slightly around the part of the story that depicts the change in fortune that Madame Mathilde Loisel and her husband realize the necklace has been lost. This makes the story’s climax in regards to how Madame Loisel is regretting losing the necklace that much more to the point, making the moral of the story simple and clear to understand. The reply to her friend reflects the moral tone of the story consistent and makes the revealing at the end, that the necklace is a fake, a very memorable ending to the piece. Works Cited
Maupassant, Guy, De. "The Necklace." The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. 870-76. Print.
"The Necklace: Themes, Motifs, and Symbols." Sparknotes LLC, n.d. Web. 29 Jan 2013. Check out what happened to Madame Loisel and her husband in ... The only time Madame Loisel is happy is at the time of the party where she has the expensive gown and jewelry to prove that this was how her life was supposed to be. Her husband, Loisel, is obviously a caring man, and tries to do his best but is very loving towards his wife to the point that he is self-less, and chooses to give his wife whatever she asks even if it means he goes without. He also is extremely caring which is shown in his actions and speech as he tries to help his wife, when she realizes she has lost the necklace by going out of his way to find it and replace it. Mathilde Loisel is a beautiful woman who is born into a family of clerks. She feels that there has been a mistake in her destiny as she should be living the high life instead.

She is greedy and wanting for more, when she refuses to acknowledge her husband’s accomplishment of obtaining the invite, and is only mindful of what she is lacking for the event.

Madame Jeanne Forester is a wealthy friend who allows Madame Mathilde Loisel to borrow her jewelry, and later shows that she too is caring when she embraces her friend after hearing her ordeal.

We question as to why Madame Jeanne Forester never told her friend the amount but have to recall that she had been informed by Madame Mathilde Loisel that they were repairing the necklace.


Her snooty reply to which “she might have needed it” in reference to the necklace for an occasion is curious. This is especially so since she has a vast amount of very good jewelry and that it is logical for any occasion that she may prefer to wear the better quality of jewelry, than the necklace she knows is of lesser quality.
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