Irony In The Necklace

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People today obsess over money and the finer things in life, but they're really just for show, and have little to no meaning. Wearing designer clothes gives you a status of being "rich" or "glamorous" but they look the same as everybody else's clothes, except the price is jacked up. Having the newest iPhone, car, laptop, e.c.t may make people think you have a fancy lifestyle, but they don't even notice. In "The Necklace" Guy de Maupassant uses setting, irony and character to express this theme.

In 19th century Paris, France, everybody wanted to look glamorous and sophisticated, just like Madame Loisel did. This period was known as the "Belle Epoque" time period, or "The Grand Years." Fashion and arts flourished, as did people's thirst for the high end items. Madame Loisel longed to go to parties and operas just like the other women did, but she couldn't. When she found out the news that she was invited to a party, she couldn't wait to go, until she realized that she had nothing to wear. In order to fit in with the times, she needed to look her very best, she wanted jewels and an expensive dress, all because of her need to "fit in."
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It was expensive, so she looked like she was wealthy, it was glamorous, so she felt glamorous. But, turns out, the necklace was just fake costume jewelry. Madame Loisel felt awful about losing her friend's necklace so she bought a replacement, which took her 10 years to replace. After living in poverty for 10 years, she got a taste of her own medicine. She looked old and haggard, nothing like the gorgeous and youthful woman she was at the

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