Essay on The Symbolism of the Necklace in The Necklace

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The Symbolism of the Necklace in The Necklace

Authors choose to use symbols for various reasons in short stories. It is a way for them to use on object or idea to convey many different meanings to the audience. In “The Necklace,” the author Guy de Maupassant uses a very lavish looking necklace as his main symbol. The necklace helps defining what type of woman Mme. Loisel is. It also acts as the central conflict of the story. The symbolism that is used throughout this story is crucial to revealing the theme and understanding the main character.
From the beginning of the story Mathilde seems to have a chip on her shoulder as if she has been done an injustice because of who she is married to. The time period, in which this story
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The night of the ball went of without a hitch. “Mme. Loisel made a great success. She was prettier than them all, elegant, gracious, smiling, and crazy with joy” (Maupassant 180). Everything that she could have wished for was represented by this infamous evening; the necklace made it happen. “All the men looked at her, asked her name, endeavored to be introduced.” She danced, and received compliments all night long and into the morning. This was all possible because of the beautiful necklace; without it she would have looked as plain as every other woman. She had finally ascended to her proper and rightful place within society. Shortly after leaving the party; the sweet success of the evening turns into a long ten years of sorrow. The necklace is gone, unable to be found, it must be replaced. To ashamed to admit her error, Mme. Loisel and her husband are obligated to purchase a replacement necklace. She is then forced to see how well off she was prior to her greedy and unneeded desire.
At the end of the story, Mme. Loisel crosses paths with her long time friend Mme. Forestier this is when we learn that the necklace was made only of paste. It was a fake, just like Mme. Loisel. She felt in order to be accepted she had to put up a false front. She had to keep up with the Jones in sense. This is a major character flaw that ends up costing her ten years of her life. “She had become

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