The Necklace Analysis

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People know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. In “The Necklace,” Guy De Maupassant tells the story of a middle-class woman who is materialistic and ambitious; she desires to be in the upper-class society. She goes great lengths to be a different person; she purchased a fancy dress and borrowed a diamond necklace from a friend. This necklace will change her destiny. Maupassant uses the setting to reflect the character and development of the main character, Mathilde Loisel. As a result, his setting is not based on vivid details. He does not even give a full description of the necklace, the main object in the story, but only states it’s a “ superb diamond” (202). The author seems to give vivid details of the setting, such as…show more content…
The Champs-Elysèes is in the upper class neighborhood, and her walk is too similar to her earlier day-dreams of upper-class wealth. But it’s on this street where she meets Mrs. Forrestier; this is the first time seeing her in ten years. Mrs. Forestier does not recognize her. She introduces herself and the other expresses surprise. She begins to explain why she has not been able to show up for such a length of time. She could not help but to be completely honest with Mrs. Forrestier about the necklace. In reply Mrs. Foresiter surprises her by telling Mathilde it was a false diamond necklace. The “smile” of “ innocent and proud happiness” filled Mathilde’s face (205). While the walk serves as the conclusion surprise and irony, Mathilde’s being on Champs-Elysèes is a complete character, in keeping with her earlier thoughts pleasantly lost in a daydream about…show more content…
The loss of the necklace does not cause a moral downfall in the lives of the Loisels. They did not inform Mrs. Forestier of the incident, nor did they simply take responsibility and challenge to replace the article however much it is of value. The Loisel’s paid thirty-four thousand francs for a real diamond necklace to replace the one they lost. If they were just honest in the beginning with Mrs. Forestier, they could’ve only paid four hundred francs. Maupassant uses the setting to illuminate Mathilde’s qualities, her misfortune, her loss of beauty, and finally, her growth into a responsible

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