The Necklace By Guy De Maupassant Essay

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Tiffany Macio
Professor Ronson
English 1 28 September 2016
Section 1: Introduction
In Guy De Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace”, Mathilde suffers emotionally and physically because of her decisions concerning the necklace. In “The Necklace” Mathilde was a beautiful and “charming” woman (Maupassant 163). One day Mathilde and her husband got invited to a ball, but she owned nothing elegant enough to attend it. Her husband offers her funds to purchase a gown, Mathilde was still unhappy, for she wanted fine jewelry to suit with her outfit. Her husband made a remark to ask her wealthy friend Madame Forestier, to lend her a piece of fine jewelry; Mathilde borrowed a diamond necklace. Mathilde and her husband arrived at the ball, she danced
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2016). In 1871 when the Franco-Prussian war ended France comply to pay 1 million dollars within three years to end the war as a peace agreement. As reading the necklace there’s not much to interpret from the setting and the surroundings, for there is not much setting being described. Maupassant mentioned “francs” in the story as a result, as a assumption the story takes place in France, Paris (164). Maupassant also mentioned “the invitation to the ball” (163), balls began in 15th and 16th centuries, he was not born until 18th century so the story possibility took place in the 1880’s. Also, how Maupassant is describing the setting of Mathilde´s home “oriental tapestry, illumined by tall bronze candelabra,...” (163) tells readers the story takes place, back in time, for no one in the late 1990´s or 2000´s would ever have decorated their home the way it was described. As well as reading how Mathilde´s husband took the responsibility as if he was the one who lost the necklace and how he goes above and beyond to accomplish to paying back their debits and loans. Mathilde´s husband was being a man and providing support, as people did in the 1880´s men names were carried with pride and if their wives or families were to perform something usual or not acceptable, the men would be the ones …show more content…
The way Maupassant describes Mathilde throughout the story tells readers her personality and her appearance. He first describes Mathilde ¨pretty and charming young creatures¨ (Maupassant 163). Also, the way Mathilde describes the description of her house explains how plain and unhappy she is because she isn’t rich and doesn’t have material things she desire. Mathilde was ungrateful in the story for the fact her husband made it possible to get an invitations to the ball and she was still unhappy, when her husband afforded to provide money for a gown she was delighted for a few days until she realized she need jewelry to match with her gown; this part of the story shows that she is always going to be unsatisfied and wants to appear to the ball as someone she is not. Mathilde believes she is unpleased, for she isn’t wealthy when the reason she is miserable is, for she ungrateful with the life she has, she just realizes and focus on what she is missing and not what she has in her life. For example, Mathilde´s husband is very loving, caring and his effort is endless on trying to make her happy but Mathilde fails to see that. Also, Maupassant tells the story as Mathilde is someone looking from the outside. Maupassant tells the story as a real life fairy tale, but instead of the story ending with a happy ending it ends with a surprising/irony situation. Mathilde arrives to the ball and she is overjoyed,

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