Essay about The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant

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In Guy De Maupassant short story, “The Necklace,” he uses the necklace as a symbol of deceptive appearance. There is proof in this story that one’s appearance can be deceiving. The significance of theme is that throughout, it reveals which is that looks can be deceiving. Mathilde and the necklace itself are two pieces of evidence that shows that appearances can be deceiving. The reader gets the impression, from the author’s description of the necklace that it is stunning and very expensive. However, after a shocking surprise, the appearance of the necklace is what it appeared to be.
Mathilde uses her deceptive appearance to try and win society’s approval. The story starts off by giving an insight on the appearance and life of Madame
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Besides wanting to look rich, Mathilde wanted the necklace because the ball was going to consist of high class. Instead of feeling out of place, she wanted to blend in with the high class. Mathilde night at the ball was a success simply because she was able to fool the wealthy people at that she was one of them. Mathilde herself knew that her real place in society wasn’t equal to theirs. The deceptive necklace and its worth made Mathilde feel very important. It was love at first sight when Mathilde saw the necklace. The necklace was inside a black satin box surrounded by other jewels such as pearls and gold, which gave it to have the real the appearance of real diamonds Maupassant (401). The necklace had a symbolic effect on Mathilde. The diamond necklace stood out the most amongst the other pieces of jewelry Madame Forestier let Mathilde choose from. Mathilde knew that with the necklace, she would stand out. The necklace would help to trick the wealthy people at the minister ball into believing that she is wealthy. According to Pierce, “Mathilde knew that the necklace was expensive due to her friend obtaining the title of being wealthy” (2). Overall, the author uses the necklace as a symbol. Guy De Maupassant shows that appearances can be deceiving because they do not actually represent the reality of things. Mathilde deceptive appearance not only had an effect on her, but her husband Loisel as well. Her husband is willing to give her all the things she

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