The Necklace, By Guy De Maupassant Essay

1028 Words Oct 10th, 2014 5 Pages
Throughout history, women have relentlessly searched for new methods to make them appear beautiful. In ancient China, women bound their feet into miniscule sizes. A hundred years ago in Europe, it was customary to wear a constricting corset to shrink the appearance of the waist. Today, many women undergo painful elective surgery to enhance other body parts. Despite the tremendous variation in their procedures, all women have the same principle, if they can achieve the societal standard for beauty, they will finally be happy. However, oftentimes more basic elements bring this sought after state of contentment. In “The Necklace,” a short story set in 19th century France, the author Guy de Maupassant employs simple writing techniques to illustrate a tale with universal themes regarding appearance, materialism, gratitude, honesty, and eventual satisfaction. Guy de Maupassant uses the relationship between social setting and importance of appearance in “The Necklace” to illustrate Mathilde Loisel’s desire for a lifestyle she can never have. In nineteenth century France, the wealth gap between the three social classes is enormous. The developing middle class is composed mainly of shopkeepers, artists, manufacturers, teachers, and clerks. Those belonging to the upper class are often members of the aristocracy, royal and noble families with hereditary wealth (Choy and Fleck). Their excess allows them to have lavish balls, own fanciful clothing, and preoccupy themselves with their…

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