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Irony And Foreshadowing In Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace

878 words - 4 pages

If you have something already should be proud of what you have and not think of all the things you think you deserve because you can't get what you don't have without giving effort and the final result will be worse. Guy de Maupassant's parents got divorced when he was 11 and his mother was raising him alone. He always looked differently at the rich, so he decided to write a short story on how people should treat everything they have with care and not ask for more than you can afford because the final result may be worse. In "The Necklace" he develops his theme of how objects can change people through the literary terms situational irony and foreshadowing.
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The author uses foreshadowing, the author says “Then, with hesitation, she asked in anguish: "Could you lend me this, just this alone?" "Yes, of course."”(De Maupassant). If the necklace would be fake she first would make a pause and then say that she would lend it but since she did it without hesitation some people would know that the necklace is fake. “Now you shall see what I borrowed from Cecile.”(Maupassant). By saying this the author is trying to say that Mme. Loisel is not afraid to lose it. ”But she did not listen to him and rapidly descended the staircase. When they were out in the street they could not find a cab; they began to look for one, shouting at the drivers whom they saw passing in the distance.”(Brakett). Mme Loisel is losing the necklace like in a fairytale. Then Mme Loisel is saying “The necklace! It's gone!" (Maupassant). She is surprised that she lost it and can't doesn't know how to replace it.
The author also uses Characterization to covey the theme of how objects can change people. The author is saying “She had no clothes, no jewels, nothing.” (De Maupassant). He is trying to say that she had something before losing the necklace and now she doesn't have anything at all this was taken from the bigining of the book to how how she has something and then she ends up with nothing. “The Loisel apartment in Paris. The shabbily furnished room includes worn armchair. Table center is set for two, and a loaf of French bread...

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