Necklace: Short Story

Topics: Guy de Maupassant, Short story, Fiction Pages: 2 (461 words) Published: October 29, 2012
Chapter Five discusses the importance of point of view in literature and, more specifically, in the short story. Choose one short story from the course text about which you have not yet written, and analyze it in terms of point of view. 

When writing your post, consider the following questions * How would you categorize the point of view [e.g., first-person, second-person (i.e., “you”), third-person limited, third-person omniscient]?

Choice the short story called “ the necklace” by Guy de Maupassant (1884). The story is in Third Person limited because the narrator is telling the story of Malinda and is focus on her the thoughts and feelings. The story is about a women that comes from a humble family and always regretted being poor and not having enough a luxury life. “She suffered intensely, feeling herself born for every delicacy and every luxury. She suffered from the poverty of her dwelling, from the worn walls, the abraded chairs, the ugliness of the stuffs.”

*Is the point of view consistent throughout the story (told from the same point of view), or does it shift at any points in the narrative? (If so, make note of when and how those changes occur.)

The point of view doesn’t change, it’s very predominant during the entire story, it expresses her misery and unhappiness during the entire narrative in till she wear the necklace. I have the impression that in small part of the story the narrative can shift from Third Person Limited to Third Person Omniscient because shows some thoughts of her husband “He grew a little pale, for he was reserving just that sum to buy a gun and treat himself to a little shooting, the next summer, on the plain of Nanterre, with some friends who used to shoot larks there on Sundays “ but the whole story is based on her and that’s why I truly believe the narrative is Third Person Limited.

How does point of view shape your reading of the work? In what ways does it contribute to or detract from...
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