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merely a “paste” and “it was worth at most five hundred franks” (Maupassant 269). The necklace represents beauty, but it is not real. Therefore, the necklace serves as an obvious symbol of Mme. Loisel. At the ball, she takes on the identity of a woman she is not—rich. In equating her to the necklace, the author shows that when consumed in materialism, one may lose their self-identity to become something one is not. (TS) Another strong symbol used in the story is the dress. Upon asking for four hundred francs for a new dress, Msr. Loisel “was laying aside just that amount to buy a gun and treat himself to a little shooting next summer” with some friends (Maupassant 266). Evidently, the dress symbolizes Msr. Loisel’s sacrifice and his desire to please his wife, despite Mme. Loisel’s materialistic nature. Her selfish and ambitious persona comes to light the moment she accepts the money to purchase the dress for the ball; it also highlights Mr. Loisel’s weakness to succumb to his wife’s ambitious needs. Other dominant symbols portrayed in the story are…
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Mr. René J. Montemayor PAIRED: INRW/ENGL 1301 – FALL 2017 Last name 2 Works Cited Maupassant, Guy de. “The Necklace.” A Little Literature . Ed. Sylvan Barnet. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007. 263-269. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sample Thesis Statement: Through the literary usage of Loyalty, Family and Love, E.B. White in the short story “Once More to the Lake” and Toby Emerich in the film “Frequency” showcase how a man and his son can create strong, life-relevant connections throughout the generations. Sample Basic Two Tier Outline: I. Introduction II. Loyalty A. Peaceful Woman… B. The Words III. Family A. Peaceful Women… B. The Words IV. Love A. Peaceful Women… B. The Words V. Irony A. Peaceful Woman… B. The Words VI. Conclusion
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Mr. René J. Montemayor PAIRED: INRW/ENGL 1301 – FALL 2017
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