MathildeForestier informs Mathilde that the lost necklace was a fake. "Mathilde Forestier deeply moved, took her two hands.’Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs!'" (Maupassant). 4. The theme of envy in "The Necklace" runs throughout the whole story. For Mathilde Loisel, a class is everything. She is so envious of the upper class; she cannot bear to visit her old friend from her convent days because the friend represents everything she does not have. At the end of the story, the class structure is turned on its head. We learn the necklace that Mathilde Loisel borrowed from her wealthy friend is worth only 500 francs, not 36,000. Like the necklace, the rewards of aristocratic life are an illusion. After a lifetime of yearning for it, Mathilde Loisel is confronted with an upper class that is not what it was supposed to be in her vision. By rejecting reality and clinging to a fantasy Mathilde Loisel ruins her life. "She suffered endlessly, feeling herself born for every delicacy and luxury." (Maupassant). "She had no clothes, no jewels, and no nothing. And these were the only things she loved; she felt she was made for them." (Maupassant).
Reply Quote Mark as Unread Thread: Discussion 7 Post: RE: Discussion 7 Author: Richard Saldivar Palacios Posted Date: October 11, 2018 11:07 PM Status: Published I agree with how Mathilde was heavily envious of other woman because she did not have better valuables. In that age wealth was determined by marriage and family. Usually the lower income families would stay low come so the fact that she did not have much of value was out of her control. Reply Quote Mark as Unread Thread: Discussion Forum 7 Post: Discussion Forum 7 Author: Richard Saldivar Palacios Posted Date: October 11, 2018 11:00 PM Status: Published 1. One conflict in "The Necklace," is Human vs self as she was not happy with what she had. She never was wealthy and suffered with herself as that internally conflicting. Second conflit is human vs society as she was having a
conflict with society norms. She felt that society would not accept her as she was not one with wealth. 2. The setting may have taken place taken place in the 1800's, displayed with how she portrayed her antechambers with oriental tapestries and still lit with torches. The importance of marriage demonstrating wealth also shows the time frame of when this story took place. 3. The climax happens when she returned home and figured out that she had lost the necklace.The frenzy that she went in looking for that necklace which was supposedly such highly valued. 4. The theme of marriage is represented in "The Necklace," by somebodies wealth is determined by marriage. As she was married an one who was not wealthy, that had followed and haunted her throughout from not having anything fashionable to having to repay the necklace with years of hard work.
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