The Rich Fake Necklace Essay

1018 words - 5 pages

"In just a few pages it vividly evokes a situation with which every reader especially
female Parisian readers at the time of the Third Republic towards the end of the 19th century could easily identify"(smith). Guy de Maupassant studied with the french writer Gustave Flaubert after his time in the Franco-Prussian War. De Maupassant belived that his work as a writer was to take common occurances and then make it them in too intesting stories about it.His own experience as a minor clerk inspired him to write "The Necklace".This short story tells the story of a women called Mathilde that is maried to a minor clerk that does not make a lot of money.They get invited to a reception were all the rich people in town are going to be, so Mathilde borrows a dimond necklace from an old friend from school and ends up loosing it and having to work very hard to repay her friend only to find out that the necklace is fake. De Maupassant develops his theme of desire in this short story through the use of symbolism,irony and characterization.

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For many years the way one looked was very important but not as much as being rich. Mathilde was a beautiful women but she was not wealthy "She was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as though fate had blundered over her, into a family of artisans." (Maupassant 224) and this made Mathilde want to be as wealthy as Madame Forestier "This is a story of aspirations" (Smith) She aspired a luxurious lifestyle as the people in that time period.
The diamond necklace that made Mathilde feel like a true rich and beautiful women "Oh, my poor Mathilde. But mine was only paste.Why, at most it was worth five hundred francs!."(Mussapant 233) ends up being fake.The reader does not expect that all the hard work Mathilde made "there is a conclusion rich in ambiguities that has the force and heart-breaking irony of tragedy."(Smith) was all for nothing.
Mathilde was a beautiful women"She was one of those pretty and charming girls"(Maupassant 224) but had the misfortune of getting herself married to a minor clerk who did not made as much money as she wanted him to. When they got invited to the ball Mathilde was force to ask Mme Forestier for a necklace.After having a very nice time at the event mathilde loses the necklace,and to pay it off monsieur loisel had to give up all of his savings and borrow money to pay it of "Mme Loisel is a poor but an honest woman"(Adamson). They were determined to pay off every thing they borrowed.
Ten years go by and Mathilde saw Mme Forestier and decides to go and talk to her ,and tell her the truth...

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