What Is The Theme Of The Necklace By Guy De Maupassant

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The Ball: Why He Loves Her

The story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant is about Master Loisel and his wife Madame Matilde Loisel’s troubling life after Matilde lost a necklace borrowed from her friend Madame Jeanne Forestier. The beginning of the story was set at a ball hosted by the Minister of Education. M. Loisel was a clerk at the Ministry of Public Instruction, and he was fortunate to receive an invitation to the ball. M. Loisel bought his wife a new dress and urged his wife to borrow a diamond necklace from her friend Mine. Forestier. Mine. Loisel wore the necklace to the ball but lost it on the way home. To avoid retribution and save their reputation, M. Loisel borrowed a huge sum of money to buy a new diamond necklace and returned
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M. Loisel was a middle-class man. But balls at that time were held by the rich upper class, therefore M. Loisel normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend a ball, much less taking his wife to one. M. Loisel didn’t have a lot of money either. He could not buy expensive dresses or jewelry for his wife, so why M. Loisel probably never took Mine. Loisel to any ball. In the story, M. Loisel stated, “But, my dear, I thought you would be glad. You never go out, and this is such a fine opportunity. I had awful trouble to get it. Everyone wants to go; it is very select, and they are not giving many invitations to clerks. The whole official world will be there.” (Maupassant p. 2) The fact that M. Loisel worked his hardest to get his wife to the ball hosted by the Minister of Education shows that he loved his wife…show more content…
He saved up four hundred francs to buy himself a gun, “he was laying aside just that amount to buy a gun and treat himself to a little shooting next summer on the plain of Nanterre, with several friends who went to shoot larks down there, of a Sunday.” (Maupassant p. 2) However, when he realized his wife needed a new dress for the ball, he used the money to buy her a new dress instead. During that time period, men spent their time and money doing manly things, leaving their wife in second place. The fact that M. Loisel spent money on his wife and put aside his own desires showed he really loved
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