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 age of 43 he died after struggling with health problems and mental health complications.(Kellman) His writings, which were full of sensuous excess, seemed to be a reflection of his own life, which became his own demise. His lust for life and the things in it ate away at his mind and body.
The necklace is a slow paced story that starts drearily and seems to be on an ever-rolling downhill motion into a black abyss. Mathilde, a plain needy woman who seems to only think of herself, is invited to a dinner in a reputable location. She tells her husband of her need for new clothing and jewels. He is able to give her the money that is needed for the dress but prompts her to borrow from a friend, when Mathilde turns up her nose at his idea of wearing a corsage of roses. After a night of dancing she returns home to find the necklac...
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...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 genre.”
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