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The Diamond Necklace
Transcript of The Diamond Necklace
Sequence of events of a story.
Series of incidents related to one another.
Occurs at the beginning. Characters are introduced, setting, and to the main conflict (main problem).
Mathilde always imagined herself in a high social position with wonderful jewels. However, she has nothing and marries a low-paid clerk who tries his best to make her happy. Through lots of begging at work her husband is able to get a couple of invitations to the Ministry of Education party. Mathilde then refuses to go, for she has nothing to wear.
This part of the story begins to develop the conflict. A building of interest or suspense occurs.
Her husband is upset to see her displeasure and, using money that he was saving to buy a hunting rifle, gives Mathilde 400 francs to use. Mathilde goes out and buys a dress, but even with the dress she is not happy, as she is without any jewels to wear with it. The pair does not have much money left, so her husband suggests that she should buy roses to wear with it. After Mathilde disagrees, he suggests borrowing something from her friend, Madame Jeanne Forestier. Mathilde picks out the fanciest diamond necklace that she can find.
This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way
that she has lost
All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of
She tries to find a quick way to replace it. She goes to a shop and discovers the price of a similar necklace to be 36,000 francs. She gets the new necklace after borrowing the money, but the long path of her financial struggles begins.
The story comes to a reasonable or unreasonable ending.
Ten years later, while in a park, she suddenly sees Madame Jeanne Forestier, who barely recognizes her in her dire state. As the women are talking, Mathilde recounts the story of losing the necklace, and that it was because of Madame Forestier that she has lived so terribly the past 10 years. After explaining the purchase of the new necklace, Madame Forestier takes Mathilde's hands, explaining that her original necklace was an imitation and only worth 500 francs
Answer the Following: The Necklace
1. How can we look at this story from the feminist perspective? What does it say about women?
2. Can you think when you kept a secret from someone for a similar reason? How did you handle it?
3. Is there a moral to this story?
4. Do you agree with Guy Maupassant that, “Women have no caste or class”? Today does this also apply
5. Did the Loisel’s choose the right action when they found the necklace missing? Did they have other
choices? Why did they not choose another action?
6. Why was Madame Loisel unhappy with her life at the opening of the story?
7. Can you relate this story to anything else we have read or done in class?
Please write or compose an alternate ending of the story on your diary