Essay about Analysis Of The Story ' The Necklace '

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Guy De Maupassant in the short story, “The Necklace” (1885), suggests that pretentiousness leads to a person’s demise and unhappiness. Maupassant supports his suggestion by illustrating through a story how a woman named Mathilde brought poverty and a stressful living situation to her household, only because she wanted to pretend to be of a higher class when attending an elegant event her husband was invited to. The author’s purpose is to persuade readers to be humble so that they can be appreciative of the simple things in life that are taken for granted. Maupassant establishes an informal relationship with his audience, so that he could reach the more impressionable younger readers. In the beginning of the story the main character Mathilde is described. The author notes, “She was one of those pretty and charming girls who are sometimes, as if by mistake of destiny, born in a family of clerks” (Maupassant, para. 1). That is to say, the character was expected because of her beauty and poise to be part of the elite society. However, she was not as fortunate and was born into the life of commoners. As the story progresses, Mathilde receives an invitation to a grand event from her husband, Mr. Loisel, a man of set means. He was thrilled to announce to his wife the great news as it is noted on the lines, “But one evening, her husband returned home with a triumphant air, and holding a large envelope in his hand” (Maupassant, para. 7). Mr. Loisel was presented with an unexpected…

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