Symbolism In The Necklace

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Introduction A- It may be hard to imagine how a material item can affect your personality and life choices. Over a period of time these objects can take over and change the way you act. If this event has not happened to you, consider yourself lucky. But if it has, you may be able to relate to the life of Madame and Monsieur Loisel in this short story. B- “The Necklace” starts out with a poor couple in France, Madame and Monsieur Loisel. Monsieur Loisel is thankful and satisfied with his current lifestyle. On the other hand, Madame Loisel believes she was meant for a more lavish lifestyle and feels bad for herself and everything she does not have. The husband gets the couple invited to a ball and Madame Loisel borrows a necklace from an old …show more content…
When the necklace is lost the two main characters show their true identities. Monsieur shows a great deal of generosity

Goussetis 2 in helping his wife look and pay for the necklace while Madame is always greedy for more and never satisfied even in tough situations.
D- In Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” the theme of greed and generosity are shown through the characterization of the three main characters. The use of irony and symbolism also support the characters actions from before and after the necklace was lost.

II. Symbolism
A- Maupassant uses many symbols throughout the story that eventually played a role in the actions and feelings of the characters. The necklace is an obvious symbol for the fact that it controls the plot line. It is used in a generous way, but also as a way to hide from problems.
B-"The necklace itself is a symbol throughout the story. It shows Madame Loisels true personality in that she thinks people are constantly judging her" (" 'The Necklace '" 170). The necklace symbolizes her insecurities and that material items will make you happy. The necklace makes her greedy. Just because the necklace looks real doesn 't mean it actually is. Just because she looks wealthy doesn 't mean she actually has the wealth she strives for. The necklace fools others into believing the lies about Madame
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"He gives his wife the four hundred francs that he had set aside for a gun so that she can buy a dress" (" 'The Necklace '" 168). Money is a symbol in this short story. It shows how generous Madame Loisel 's husband is when he tries to please his wife. Money also causes many conflicts at the end of the story when they spend many years paying back the necklace. Monsieur Loisel shows a great amount of generosity. He spends his early mornings looking for the missing necklace, gave his wife tickets to the party, and used his saved money to make his wife happy. He is aware that his wife is insatiable when it comes to material items so he is generous with his money to try to solve their problems. Monsieur also takes out many loans and all of his life savings in order to pay for a new

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