Analysis Of ' The Necklace ' By Guy De Maupassant Essay

1098 Words Mar 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
19th century France was a time of deception and pretence. In a society supported by the working class, the bourgeoisie turned to social appearance as a source of value. Upper class women relied heavily on social events as opportunities to show off their wealth by dressing fashionably and gossiping, while the men used their wives as symbols of power and prosperity. However, a good deal of these husbands "visited prostitutes for sexual adventures of kept mistresses" (Social Classes), proving that they did not truly value marriage for its true purpose: exclusive love. When the primary characters of Guy de Maupassant 's "The Necklace" find themselves entwined in the social fabric of upper class citizens, they suffer a devastating loss - that of Mme. Forestier 's necklace. The Loisels were absolutely deserving of their descent into poverty because it was of their own fault, and it forced them into a more humble life, providing them with a usefulness to society as well as an understanding of value. M. and Mme. Loisel demonstrate such a sense of dishonesty and pride that it demands appropriate penalty, which they receive through their fall to poverty. Their ordeal is comparable to the biblical story of the fall of man, in which Adam and Eve are tempted to "be like God" (New International Version, Gen. 3.5), in the same manner that Mme. Loisel is desperate to be equal to members of the upper class. Adam and Eve consume the fruit of the tree of knowledge and receive the knowledge…

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