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Guy De Maupassant’s The Necklace Essay

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Reading Questions
1. Guy De Maupassant’s tone in The Necklace, while objective, is a criticizing tone towards the character Mathidle. Maupassant describes Mathidle’s feelings and gives the reader the impression that he is annoyed with Mathidle’s attitude. “She grieved incessantly, feeling that she had been born for all the little niceties and luxuries of living. She grieved over the shabbiness of her apartment, the dinginess of the walls, the worn-out appearance of the chairs, the ugliness of the draperies. All these things, which another woman of her class would not even noticed, gnawed at her and made her furious.” “It’s embarrassing not to have a jewel or a gem- anything to wear on my dress. I’ll look like a pauper…” Maupassant’s tone reflects the French realism movement by focusing on the middle class life of Mathidle and her husband. It also reflects realism as its written objectively. He writes almost as if he is reporting the story and the feelings of his characters.
2. Mathidle’s attitude towards her life and how she longs for something more ectravagant gives the reader the emotion of sadness. “She had no evening clothes, no jewels, nothing. But those were the things that she wanted; she felt that was the kind of life for her, she so much longed to please, be envied, be fascinating and sought after.” For a brief moment, the mood changes to excitement and happiness for Mathidle. She finally gets to experience the upper-class life. “She danced madly, wildly, drunk with pleasure, giving no thought to anything in the triumph of her beauty, the pride of her success…” The story ends with pity, tragedy, and loss for Mathidle. She wasted 10 years of her life paying back something that in the end was really worth nothing.
3. “Mme. Loisel appeared an old woman now. She became heavy, rough, harsh, like one of the poor.” This is a direct characterization of Mathidle after the 10 years of labor.
4. “Her husband labored evenings to balance tradesman’s accounts, and at night, often, he copied documents at five sous a page. This went on for ten years.” This is an indirect characterization of Monsieur Loisel. . He loves his wife so much that he sacrifices his time to help her pay back the debt of the necklace.
5. The story ends when Madame Foreister, the owner of the diamond necklace, told Mathidle, that the borrowed necklace was fake. 10 years of misery and poverty were spent when Mathidle and Madame Foreister were not honest with each other on the necklace; this causes the irony of the resolution. Borrowing the necklace was what Mathidle hoped would put her into the life she desired, yet it was also what makes her old life seem luxurious.
6. There are many themes in The Necklace. Deceptiveness of appearances is one of them. Madame Forestier’s “superb” diamond necklace was fake. Since the necklace was Madame Forestier’s, her well-to-do friend, Mathidle fell for the illusion that the necklace was expensive. When Madame Loisel wore the...

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