Analysis Of Guy De Maupassant's The Necklace

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Janwillem Van De Wetering says, “Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.” Guy De Maupassant’s “The Necklace” tells of Mrs. Mathilde Loisel’s longings for the finer things in life. Her desires are so intense she risks her husband’s affections, the friendship of an old chum, and even her mediocre lifestyle to pursue these cravings. One small decision based on an ill-placed desire causes a slow drawn out death of the spirit, body and relationships. Maupassant (1850-1893) was a French writer who wrote from a naturalist/realism point of view. Swimming, boating and studying law were some of his interests when not writing. He was kicked out of a seminary, contracted syphilis in his twenties and started writing poetry. He had to withdraw his first volume of poems which were so scandalous they caused a lawsuit. He wrote novels, articles, travel books and short stories. At a young…show more content…
This type of short story writing is called extreme compression. His characters, although somewhat detestable, are relatable and you find yourself hoping the best will emerge in them. He presents Mathilde to us as a shallow greedy girl. But, the reader wishes that in the end, she learns her lesson and becomes grateful for the little she does have. In this story of five pages in length, he was able to take a small lifelike story and breathe life into it. Rudyard Kipling’s quote seems to be reflected in Maupussant’s abilities. He says, “A tale from which pieces have been raked out is like a fire that has been poked. One does not know the operation has been performed, but everyone feels the effect."(Hochmeister) A literary critic, Janet Witalec, said, “For their variety, concision, clarity of prose style, and realistic approach, Maupassant 's short stories have earned him a place among the finest exponents of the

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