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Guy de Maupassant

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the-necklace-guy-de-maupassantSources: BBC World Service,, Encyclopaedia BritannicaCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Madame Forestierut it was only an imitation necklace. It couldn’t have been worth much more than five hundred francs!NecklaceRepresents Madame Loisels yearning for a new realityCabSymbolizes the Loiselsjourney to a dark and shabby existenceRue des MartyrsSymbolizes the sacrifices the Loisels make to pay their debtSymbolsMadame LoiselVain, shallow, dissatisfied, and entitled young woman; dreams of wealth, admiration, and glamour on the basis of her good looks and charmMadame ForestierRich, elegant friend of Madame Loisel, to whom she generously loans the diamond necklaceMonsieur LoiselDutiful, low-level government clerk content with middle-class life; cannot understand wifes unhappiness but acquiesces to her desiresMain CharactersMaupassant became one of Frances most prolific and influential writers after studying with Gustave Flaubert, a leading Realist novelist who expounded the importance of realistic portrayals of life in art. Maupassant wrote 300 stories between 1880 and 1890 but died in an asylum after attempting suicide.GUY DE MAUPASSANT1850–93AuthorMadame Loisel thinks her good looks entitle her to admiration and wealth.Beauty & EntitlementMadame Loisel is self-conscious of her class and desires upward mobility.ClassYoung, vain Madame Loisel dreams of wealth instead of a middle-class life, so she borrows a diamond necklace to wear to a ball. When Madame Loisel loses the necklace, she and her husband use all their savings and work 10 years to pay for a replacement, falling deep into poverty.A Perfect Night,a Ruined LifeTHEMESBy rejecting reality and clinging to a fantasy, Madam Loisel ruins her life.Fantasy vs. RealityFrenchOriginal Language1884Year PublishedGuy de MaupassantAuthorThe NecklaceDramaShort Story

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