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The Necklace Essay

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In “The Necklace” Guy De Maupassant writes a story about a woman and her husband and how a necklace changed their lives. The story begins with Maupassant describing Mathilde Loisel as a woman that was born into the wrong path of life due to her characteristics. Mathilde liked all the aspects of a rich lifestyle but she could not partake in these aspects because she was poor. She spent most of her time visualizing herself with a higher social status and interacting the things that came with it. One day her husband, Mister Loisel, was able to procure for her an invitation to a ball at a palace. Evidently, she wasn’t as excited as he was. She was sad that she wouldn’t be able to look good at ...view middle of the document...

It was worth at most five hundred francs.”
The central idea to the story is that the façade of trying to appear wealthy when someone is poor may albeit bring you temporary happiness but in the long run it may not be worth it. Obsession with wealth may not always be a good thing.
The main character of the story is Mathilde Loisel. She is round and dynamic. She is dynamic because she learns the struggle of being truly poor after spending all her life wishing she was wealthy when she has to pay back for the real diamond necklace she bought.
Maupassant uses all three methods of character characterization to describe Mathilde, words, thoughts, and actions. An example of her words which demonstrates her innate wanting of being higher class and not wanting to appear poor to other women is “there’s nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich.” An example of her thoughts which show that she despised appearing poor before other women with higher class is “she felt this and wanted to escape so as not to be remarked by the other women, who were enveloping themselves in costly furs.” An example of her actions which show what she had to do in order to pay back the money her and her husband owned for the necklace is “they dismissed their servant; they changed their lodgings; they rented a garret under the roof.”
The conflict in this story is man versus self and internal. Primarily between Mathilde and her desire to be wealthy or at least appear wealthy. This conflict is what ultimately brings her down a notch and is resolved when she learned what it meant to truly be poor.
The point of view of this story is third person limited omniscient. The point of view is effective in this story because it enables the reader to see a broader and more intricate understanding of Mathilde’s thoughts and desires and how it affected her family. An example of...

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