The Necklace Analysis

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Richard Tolbert
Lisa Hamilton
December 7, 2012
Dual Enrollment Literature
The Necklace Analysis
Have you ever wanted to be rich but at the time you couldn’t be and would do anything to look like you were? Guy de Maupassant writes about who a woman named Mathilde which wanted to live the life which she was out of her means. In the short story, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, he uses the symbol of a necklace, characterization, and foreshadowing to describe a woman who wanted to live the high life even though she couldn’t afford it. Maupassant uses the symbolism of the necklace to express wealth when in reality it’s a fake. The diamond necklace in this case represents money and happiness. Maupassant writes, “She was the prettiest woman present, elegant, graceful, smiling, and quite above herself with happiness” (Maupassant). She only felt this way when she had the necklace on which reiterates what I previously stated. The fact that Mathilde talked to Madame Forestier in the end and she said “It was worth at the very most five hundred francs...” (Maupassant) is very ironic and funny. She wasted ten years of her life working hard for an expensive diamond necklace when she could have just been honest with her friend and just gave her 500 francs to replace the fake necklace. The characterization of Mathilde is very important and direct. The first sentence is direct about the character of Mathilde by saying, “She was one of those pretty charming girls born” (Maupassant). The reader can conclude from this first sentence that she was beautiful, charming, and not fit for the poor life. The first sentence for the second paragraph states, “She suffered endlessly, feeling herself born for every delicacy and luxury” (Maupassant). Guy does this on purpose to say Mathilde believes she is only made for the finer items in life and the high life. She has the thought that the poor and hard working life is not for her. To add on to her mindset, after receiving an expensive...
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