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Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace Essay

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What if Mrs. Loisel told the truth to her friend? In Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace” there are many examples of irony and symbolism that can help the reader understand the story more. There are two examples of irony in the short story, which are looks are deceiving and lying is never the answer. There are also three examples of symbolism in the short story, which are that the necklace symbolizes Mrs. Loisel, her life style, and her social status. Only if Mrs. Loisel overcame her fear of being judged in a bad way, then Mrs. And Mr. Loisel wouldn’t have been in their situation. Ultimately, the use of irony and symbolism in Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace” emphasizes the overall message that not worrying about what other people think and telling the truth can better one’s life.

The first element of irony is looks are deceiving. Mrs. Loisel wanted to look the part for the party so bad that she borrowed what she thought was the most expensive necklace her friend had. The narrator of the book wrote, “Suddenly she discovered, in a black satin case, a superb diamond necklace; her heart began to beat covetously. Her hands trembled as she lifted it. She fastened it round her neck, upon her high dress, and remained in ecstasy at sight of herself.” (Maupassant 202). Mrs. Loisel has fallen in love with the necklace when she saw it, and didn’t want any other jewelry to wear along with it. Little did she know that the necklace was a fake and she probably would have been able to buy that necklace with the little money that she had. Maybe she didn’t realize it was a fake because she never wears anything that expensive or maybe the necklace was a really good fake. Mrs. Loisel thought it was expensive though, which makes her a fool for borrowing something that she thought was so expensive and not thinking about the consequences that my occur, like her losing the necklace and wouldn’t be able to pay for a new one without living her whole life in hardship.

The second element of irony is lying is never the answer. The woman lost the necklace that she thought was expensive. The narrator says, “She took off the garments in which she had wrapped her shoulders, so as to see herself in all her glory before the mirror. But suddenly she uttered a cry. The necklace was no longer round her neck!”(Maupassant 203). Mrs. Loisel didn’t want to face the consequences of telling her friend about the lost necklace so they both lied to their nice friend who let her borrow the necklace. In a Bloom’s article “The Necklace” it says, “To prolong an explanation, Mathilde tells Madame Forestier that she's broken the clasp on the piece and it is being repaired” (Bloom). This is what Mr. Loisel told Mrs. Loisel to tell their friend who they borrowed the necklace from. And after some time of searching for the necklace they instead bought a new one and worked over 10 years to pay it off. “But when the necklace mysteriously disappears, she is forced to endure a...

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