Guy de Maupassant uses vibrant realistic imagery to describe the setting, characters, and symbols that convey his observations about society and create a suspenseful buildup of irony.
Three great examples of visual imagery that support the overall theme of the story are the descriptions Mathilde Loisel’s dream home, original home, and garret. Her dream home is a representation of her longing for wealth and social empowerment, and her daydreaming of her dream home signifies her insecurities with her ...
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...all theme or ‘moral’ of The Necklace. The uses of imagery in the story support the irony in the plot that is essential to the theme and also provides contrast imagery that engages the reader in the relationships between symbols. The realistic approach builds a supporting foundation for the clear acquisition and self-association of the theme of the story. There are many different ways to explain the theme portrayed, such as enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Guy de Maupassant was trying to convey the same overall theme from his previous novel Une Vie and the last sentence of his novel accurately describes the implied theme within The Necklace. Through the application of realism, irony, and imagery Guy de Maupassant accurately describes the theme of The Necklace best put in his own words as “life, you see, is never as good or as bad as one thinks” (Halsey, par. 8).
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