The Necklace

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John Lautner
Mrs. Cecchini
English 9
Things Might Not be what you Expect
How far would you go to be some one your not? In “The Necklace” author Guy De Maupassant describes the story of a young woman who no matter how much she has, she wants more. Mathilde is a beautiful woman but is only middle class. She wants nothing more than to be rich and have a big home. She borrows a necklace from a friend to go to a ball and she looses the necklace. She works for ten years to pay off the necklace and when she goes back to repay the woman, she is told the necklace is a fake. Through the use of narrative point of view, irony, and characterization, Maupassant communicates to the message that we should appreciate what we have and not focus on what we do not have. One-way Maupassant voices his message we should appreciate what we have is through irony. Furthermore, He says, “Oh my poor, poor Mathilde! Mine was false. It was worth five hundred francs at the most!’ (615). This is referring to when Madame Forestier is telling Mathilde that the necklace she worked for 10 years to pay off was fake and not worth anything remotely close to how much she had paid for a real necklace. Its ironic that when Mathilde was so beautiful yet poor she wasn’t happy and when she was old and worn out but rich she was still not happy. Maupassant is using irony to tell us not to want more no matter what but to be happy and make the best of what situation your in. Don’t be always unhappy like Mathilde but be happy and use good you have. Maupassant expresses his message we should appreciate what we have is through narrative point of view. The story is told in 3rd person omniscient. In the beginning Maupassant tells you Mathilde thoughts on how she wants to be rich and how she is uncomfortable with the middle class life style. Actually, Maupassant tells us, “She dreamt of think-carpeted reception rooms with Oriental hangings, lighted by tall, bronze torches, and with two huge footmen in knee...
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