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“The Necklace” By Guy de Maupassant. Setting: Time: late 1800’s; 10 years Place: Paris, France P.D.:  Poverty of their home vs. grandeur of her dreams.

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1 “The Necklace” By Guy de Maupassant

2 Setting: Time: late 1800’s; 10 years Place: Paris, France P.D.:  Poverty of their home vs. grandeur of her dreams.  The Party

3 Plot: Madame Loisel is unhappy about her station in life In order to appease her, Monsieur Loisel gets her invited to a party She is the belle of the ball and enjoys being so Her sorrows return when she loses the necklace she has borrowed She and her husband buy a replacement and work 10 years to pay back the debt Madame Loisel has aged before her time. She encounters Madame Forestier who tells her the necklace she borrowed was a fake.

4 Characterization: Mathilde Loisel  Attractive, no chance at reaching a high social status  Anguished for the good life  Longed for jewels, beautiful clothes; felt sorrow, regret and despair over what she didn’t have  After the necklace is lost, she comes to know the awful life of the poverty stricken = lower class  Ages hard in 10 years Monsieur Loisel  Mathilde’s husband – enjoys life; comfortable with his status  Sacrifices his pleasure for that of his wife’s  Doesn’t enjoy the party as his wife does  Loss of the necklace ages him five years, he says they must replace it  Borrows and comprimises his career working two jobs in a 10 year period Madame Forestier  Lends necklace to Mathilde  The necklace is lost and replaced  She tells mathilde that the necklace was a fake

5 Conflict and Resolution: Man vs. AF  The Loisels vs. Fate  Mathilde never becomes high class but it subjected to poverty to pay a debt. Monsieur Loisel tries to make his wife happy, but finds himself paying an unnecessary debt due to the choices he makes

6 Theme: Always tell the truth Appreciate all you have “How strange and fickle life is. How little it takes to break you!” Things are not always what they seem

7 Literary Elements & Techniques Point of View – 3 rd person omnicient Irony  The borrowed necklace is fake  The invitation makes Mdm. Loisel upset  The new dress costs 400 francs and so would M.’s new gun


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