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La Parure


Serena L

on 8 April 2010

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Transcript of La Parure

The Necklace
By Guy de Maupassant
About Author
Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant
August 5, 1850 - July 6, 1893
Nationality: French
Occupation: Novelist, Short story writer, Poet
Genres: Nasturalism, Realism
He was a popular 19th-century French Writer and one of the fathers of the modern short story.
His stories are characterized by their economy of style and efficient.
Many of his stories are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s and several describe the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught in the conflict, emerge changed.
The Necklace & Guy de Maupassant
The Necklace (The Diamond Necklace) is a short story, first published in 1884
in the French newspaper 'Le Gaulois'.

This story has become one of Maupassant's popular works and is well known for
its twist ending.

It is about real or fake jewels are imitated with a twist
by Maugham's short story 'Mr Know-All' and Henry James' short story 'Paste'.
Setting - Late 19th century France
Point of View - The limited Omniscient narrative perspective
Utilizes third-person narration
Genre - Naturalism
Tone - Unsympathetic towards the protagonist (Instructive and Critical)
The main character in this story. Because of her full of vanity, her life became very tough.
Mathilde Loisel
Monsiur Loisel
Mathilde's husband. He is a little clerk in the Ministry of Education.
Madame Jeanne Forestier
She is a friend of Mathilde, and she lends her the necklace that Mathilde wears to the party.
The Plot
This story starts Madame Mathilde Loisel and her husband was invited the big party.
Even though Mathilde is pretty and charming, she has none of the advantages of upper-class girls, so she always imagined herself in a high social position with wonderful jewels.

One day, her husband bring invitation of the big party for her. It is a good chance to attend high society gathering, so her husband sacrifices his savings to buy her dress. In addition, she borrows a beautiful diamond necklace from her freind, Madame Jeanne Forestier. At the party, she has a wonderful time before she discover that the necklace is missing. Finally, she decides to replace the necklace without telling her friend, and Mathilde and her husband go heavily in debt. It takes them 10 years.

After losing everything, Mathilde sees her friend and tells about the necklace. Her friend is surprised and tells Mathilde that the original necklace was actually fake, and was not valuable.
Thank You
Guy de Maupassant
New Words
Irritated [adj] :
Angered, Provoked, Annoyed
Despair [n] :
Loss of hope (Hopelessmess)
Ingenuous [adj] :
Free from reserve, restraint, dissimulation
Bewildered [adj] :
Completely puzzled or confused
Chagrin [n] :
A feeling of vexataion, marked by disappointment
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