Theme Of Situational Irony In The Necklace

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“The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant has situational irony. This story, as the title suggests, focuses on the necklace. In “The Necklace” necklace is given the symbolism of wealth, royalty, friendship, self-respect and at last an ornament. Mathilde Loisel is beautiful and married women, she was born in a middle class family and desired to be rich. Once she had a chance to attend the ball, her dream came true, she was living the dream of being rich by wearing beautiful dress and a “diamond” necklace. For Mathilde the necklace symbolizes vanity and concealment; ironically necklace takes a decade of her life. As for many people, being rich is the purpose of their life and their answer to happiness. Mathilde had the parallel mentality of being…show more content…
She doesn 't notice that necklace was lost until she reaches her home in the early morning of next day. Couple tried to trace back the necklace in a hope to find it but were unsuccessful. They planned to replace the old diamond necklace with the new diamond necklace. They decided to go to the jewelry store and look for similar diamond necklace Mathilde had borrowed from her friend.De Maupassant lets the reader know the price of the new necklace, “ The price was forty francs. The store will let them have it for thirty-six thousand” ( 177). Monsieur uses all eighteen thousand francs his father gave it to him and borrows rest of the money from his friends and promises them to pay back as early as possible with a healthy interest rate. in order to compete with their financial need Mathilde gets a job to help the couple pay up the debt. After ten years the couple is out of debt and one day Mathilde meets Forestier. Forestier does not recognize are Mathilde went from middle class to poor after the incident and beauty had faded away. As Mathilde tells the truth about the necklace incident. Immediately, Forestier reacted by saying, “‘But mine was fake. It wasn’t worth more than five hundred francs’” (Maupassant 179). Best part of the story was spoken and situational irony had…show more content…
Mathilde had made that mistake by concealments of hiding her status. She always wanted to be rich and finally one night she had chance she nailed it by looking gorgeous at the ball and getting attentions of everyone at the ball. After losing the necklace she didn’t wanted her social status to look horrible as many would have thought that she didn’t lose the necklace instead she just stole it. Mathilde had maintain the status of being rich and had paid the price for her fake status by working and paying of her unwanted debt. As De Maupassant describes Mathilde one more time but not as the person she wanted to be known as.”Madame Loisel looked old now. She had become the sort of woman often found in poor household: tough, grasping, and coarse” (178). Her life would have been a lot easier if Mathilde had not faked the incident and had confessed the truth to Forestier and would only had to five hundred

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