The Necklace By Guy De Maupassant Analysis

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Interpreting “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
The value of interpretive fiction lies in the ability of the story to convey some sort of principle that is translatable to everyday life, illustrating
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The debt they assume in order to replace this necklace is huge, “Madame Loisel came to know the ghastly life of abject poverty. From the very first she played her part heroically. This fearful debt must be paid off. She would pay it. The servant was dismissed. They changed their flat; they took a garret under the roof.” Mathilde was now living the very life that she despised all because of her greed and her vanity. The irony comes at the end of the story when Mathilde and her husband have finished paying the debts and she sees Mme Forestier and feels the need to tell her of the trials that her and her husband had spent paying off the debt for the necklace, “for the last ten years we have been paying for it. You realise it wasn't easy for us; we had no money. . . . Well, it's paid for at last, and I'm glad indeed." Mme Forestier responds with surprise “Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs! . . . …show more content…
It seems so ludicrous that someone’s pride could cost them so much; that her life could be so devastated for a piece of jewellery. Furthermore, a piece of fake jewellery! What a scandal! The truth is however that these types of scenarios play out on a day to day basis, although perhaps not as exaggerated as the scenario in this story. Maupassant wanted the reader to comprehend the arbitrary nature of the necklace, the necklace being symbolic of material possession and social status. What is also important to recognize is that the necklace itself, even when it possessed the power to transform Mathilde into a magnificent, upper class bourgeoisie, talk of the town woman; was a fake. Maupassant is clearly mocking society’s trivial preoccupation with insignificant objects and false

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