Running head: LITERARY ANALYSIS – THE NECKLACE Literary Analysis – The Necklace Lisa M. Fulmer Colorado Christian University 1
LITERARY ANALYSIS – THE NECKLACE Literary Analysis – The Necklace The issues we will discuss regarding The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant will be the plot, the characters and how the story ended. This short story written by Mr. Maupassant offers several different perspectives of how to view life, these will also be discussed. By the end of this analysis I hope that you will want to read The Necklace for yourself. The plot of The Necklace is that of Mr. and Mrs. Loisel attending a ball at “The Palace of the Ministry…” (p 2) lose a necklace. Over the next ten years they scrimp and save to replace said necklace. Mathilde is a beautiful woman; her husband is a good man and works as a clerk for the Ministry. The story takes place in France, which seems to be in the late 1800’s. Mathilde is not happy with her status in life, wishing she was more. It states in the opening of the story that Mathilde was “…pretty and charming...sometimes are born, as if by slip of fate,” (p 1). This speaks of how beautiful Mathilde is. This is of great importance throughout the story, as stated she was always wanting more. She dreamed of the fancy parties with the ornate sconces and parlor rooms. Guy de Maupassant says of Mrs. Loisel “Mathilde suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born to enjoy all the delicacies and all luxuries. She was distressed at the poverty of her dwelling.” (p 1) Mrs. Loisel borrowed a necklace from a wealthier friend, Mrs. Forestier, to attend the ball. The main point of the story is this necklace, the Loisel’s losing and replacing thereof. The struggle they had to go through to repay debts, to make ends meet, to replace the necklace they lost. When the whole time the necklace was fake, it was costume jewelry.
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- Fall '19
- Grace Kosloski
- The Necklace, Short story, Guy de Maupassant, Mrs. Mathilde Loisel