How does Guy de Maupassant present the female characters in his Short Story

How does Guy de Maupassant present the female characters in his Short Story

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Jacqueline Leung 10K How does Guy de Maupassant present the female characters in his Short Story “The Necklace”? In this essay, I am going to examine how the author of the short story “The Necklace” presents the female characters. I am also going to analyse the literature techniques that the author uses in this story. The story is set in 19 th century France, when society was divided into social classes. At that time, women were powerless and they needed to rely in men. Women would only choose to marry within their social class or above their class. Women from the middle and higher class would not work at all and they would only rely on their fathers or husbands financially. In this story, the main female character, Madame Loisel, is from the lower middle class. We know that because her father needed to work and she got married to a junior clerk. From the first paragraph of the story, Madame Loisel creates a sense of sympathy towards her situation. This is the first impression that she has given us. The narrator tells us that Madame Loisel is one of those “ pretty, charming young women who have had the ill-fortune to be born into a wage-earning family. But it also tells us that “S he had no dowry, no prospects, no opportunities of getting to know some rich and distinguished man who might have understood her, loved her and made her his wife. ” At this point, we feel sympathy towards her due to her social statues and how he is “wasted” and restricted by her class into marrying a lower class man. In the first paragraph, the narrator only uses “She” or “her” to describe Madame Loisel instead of using her name. This creates the impression that Madame Loisel is not important and it also shows a lack of respect towards this female character. On the third paragraph, the narrator starts using negative language to describe Madame Loisel – “ She was in a perpetual state of dissatisfaction, because she felt that luxuries and oft living were her natural birthright .” From this, we can see that she is not satisfied with her life and she is very materialistic. She believes that wealth and
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How does Guy de Maupassant present the female characters in his Short Story

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