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The Necklace

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Zack Burns

on 3 June 2010

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The Necklace By Guy de Maupassant Characters Mathilde Loisel Poor Wants to be rich Pretty and charming Angry at the sight of her worn-out and low-class items that any other poor woman would typically accept Chooses not to be seen because she thinks people will look down on her because of her social class Mr. Loisel Husband of Mathilde Also poor Works at the Ministry of Public Instructions Doesn't mind being poor as much as Mathilde Madame Forestier The Loisels' neighbor Has a large collection of jewelry Lends Mathilde a necklace
(generous) Storyline Exposition Mathilde sits alone at her house and sits down for dinner with her husband Guy de Maupassant describes Mathilde and her emotions (see "Characters" section) Complicating Incidents Conflict Climax Falling Action Resolution Mathilde is really unhappy with her life because she has been born into a not-so-wealthy family and wishes to be rich Mr. Loisel comes home with an invitation to a party hosted by the Minister of Mr. Loisel's workplace Mathilde instantly cries and rejects the invitation because she doesn't want to be seen wearing bad clothes and not having any jewels to wear Mr. Loisel suggests that Mathilde borrows jewelry from their neighbor, Mme. Forestier, as Mr. Loisel buys Mathilde a nice dress Mathilde visits Mme. Forestier and looks through her jewelry collection. Nothing catches Mathilde's eye at first, but then she notices a beautiful diamond necklace and chooses to borrow that one Mathilde and her husband attend the ball and Mathilde is the most beautiful and elegant attendee. She dances with grace and is extremely happy at her success that night. Mathilde loses Mme. Forestier's necklace and takes time to give one back. To get a new necklace, Mathilde and her husband take out many loans in order to pay for a new one. Mathilde and her husband go into extreme poverty and have to work hard for 10 years to pay off their debts from the necklace. Mathilde buys a similar necklace for Mme. Forestier and gives it back, but not without financial punishment. Mathilde becomes aged and tired from the years of work. She lost her beauty and now looks like an actual woman of poverty. Mathilde and her husband have payed their debts from the necklace after 10 years. Mathilde runs into Mme. Forestier. Madame Forestier mentions how bad Mathilde looks now. Mathilde mentions that the necklace that she borrowed was lost, and how she replaced it with a replica. Madame Forestier says that Mathilde should have mentioned it sooner. The original necklace was a fake... Themes HONESTY "Be careful what you wish for..." If Mathilde were honest, her debt may have been averted. Even though Mme. Forestier might have been initially angry, Mathilde would have found out that she didn't have to spend so much money on a replacement necklace. Mathilde wasn't wrong for wanting to be rich... But, if she had accepted her position and just went to the ball without jewelry she would have definately avoided her debt Literary Techniques Irony The Expected that Doesn't Happen: Mathilde loses the necklace, pays off her debts, then learns a lesson in responsibility and learns to live the life she was born into The Unexpected that DOES Happen: Mathilde loses the necklace, pays off her debt, and it was ALL FOR NOTHING!!! Now Mathilde will probably live in regret of her previous choice on the night of the ball.
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