The Necklace

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  • Topic: Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace, Short story
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How does Maupassant represent the female character in "The Necklace?"

"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant portrays the female character in a number of different ways. This is a short story about a woman, and because of her vanity, ruins her life at the end. The author gets this idea across by using a variety of symbols and language techniques.

In the story "The Necklace," the author's aim appears to be showing us that greed and jealousy will eventually lead to destruction. In this story, the protagonist is Mathilde Loisel, who is a woman who always daydreams of a life she knows she would never have. Because of this, she is never satisfied with what she already has, forever reminding herself that she was born into the wrong life and that fate had made a mistake. Even though her life is miserable, the narrator's unsympathetic feelings towards Mathilde are made evident when he states:

"…Who have had the ill-fortune to be born into a wage earning family…she led herself drift into marriage with a junior clerk."

It shows how she consider herself ranking even higher that the common people. Mathilde also has a servant to do her chores, which would, at that time, to be considered by many women to have a spoiled life.

The main theme within the tale is the necklace. By using it as a symbol, Maupassant is able to show us the vanity of Mathilde in a more visible way. She was too obsessed in her non-existent glamorous life, so when her husband announced the opportunity for her to live her dream, she made sure that it was successful. She achieved this by borrowing an extremely expensive unaffordable necklace from Madame Forrestier.

The party was indeed enormously successful, until she arrives home to find that her borrowed necklace was gone. This event made her lose more than just the necklace. It caused her to lose almost everything she already had and made her suffer a more miserable life. It is evident when it states:

"Madame Loisel now looked like an...
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