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The Necklace By Guy De Maupassant

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In Guy De Maupassant short story, “The Necklace,” he uses the necklace as a symbol of deceptive appearance. There is proof in this story that one’s appearance can be deceiving. The significance of theme is that throughout, it reveals which is that looks can be deceiving. Mathilde and the necklace itself are two pieces of evidence that shows that appearances can be deceiving. The reader gets the impression, from the author’s description of the necklace that it is stunning and very expensive. However, after a shocking surprise, the appearance of the necklace is what it appeared to be.
Mathilde uses her deceptive appearance to try and win society’s approval. The story starts off by giving an ...view middle of the document...

Instead of feeling out of place, she wanted to blend in with the high class. Mathilde night at the ball was a success simply because she was able to fool the wealthy people at that she was one of them. Mathilde herself knew that her real place in society wasn’t equal to theirs.
The deceptive necklace and its worth made Mathilde feel very important. It was love at first sight when Mathilde saw the necklace. The necklace was inside a black satin box surrounded by other jewels such as pearls and gold, which gave it to have the real the appearance of real diamonds Maupassant (401). The necklace had a symbolic effect on Mathilde. The diamond necklace stood out the most amongst the other pieces of jewelry Madame Forestier let Mathilde choose from. Mathilde knew that with the necklace, she would stand out. The necklace would help to trick the wealthy people at the minister ball into believing that she is wealthy. According to Pierce, “Mathilde knew that the necklace was expensive due to her friend obtaining the title of being wealthy” (2). Overall, the author uses the necklace as a symbol. Guy De Maupassant shows that appearances can be deceiving because they do not actually represent the reality of things.
Mathilde deceptive appearance not only had an effect on her, but her husband Loisel as well. Her husband is willing to give her all the things she desire to satisfy her. Mathilde doesn’t appreciates him or their way of life. In the beginning of the story, Maupassant tells the reader, “She had no dowry, no expectations...she let herself be married to a little clerk at the Ministry of Public Instructions.” The reader can infer that Madame Mathilde is unhappy with her marriage to Loisel. On the day the husband tells Mathilde about the invite to the ball, she declines the invite simply because she doesn’t has a new dress. Christopher Smith points outs [without any hesitation], her husband very quickly decides to sacrifice his savings and offers her a suitable sum of money for a new gown (1). In the story, the author wrote that Loisel was laying aside just that amount to buy a gun and treat himself to a little shooting next summer...with several of friends who went to shoot larks down…(401). Mathilde desire to have a deceptive appearance only revealed her selfishness. Mathilde does not realizes the consequences of her actions and the sacrifices that her husband has made for her. She didn’t love Monsieur Loisel as much as he loves her. Mathilde held on to her husband so that she could have her selfish needs provided.
Mathilde need for a deceptive appearance ended up costing her and husband a place in the category of the poor. Their life was about to change in the blink of an eye. When she came home from the ball, she placed her hand to her neck and noticed that necklace was gone. The husband went out searching for the necklace but returned home empty handed (Maupassant 402). According to Sean O’Faolain, “[Her] one really happy night of all her life...

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