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Loisel is a proud woman. She feels herself "born for all the delicacies and all the luxuries" Since she was born into a middle-class family, she lacks access to the comforts of an upper-class life.
Thinking that her beauty should earn her a higher place in society, she is discontent. She stopped seeing her wealthy former schoolmate "because she suffered ceaselessly when she came back. Forestier, whom Loisel had once viewed as a peer, in a higher social status than herself disgusts Loisel.
She attempts to make a good outward appearance to others in order to make up for her contempt for her social class. She dresses as elegantly as possible, clinging to the dream that "Natural fineness, instinct for what is elegant, suppleness of wit, are the sole hierarchy, and make from women of the people the equals of the very greatest ladies" However, after she attends the ball her life slopes downward as debt on the necklace forces her into poverty.
She makes the choices she does because her pride will not allow her to do otherwise. She tells her husband that she wants jewelry.
So she asks her old school friend whom she otherwise avoids if she can borrow a necklace, which as far as she knows may be worth thirty-six thousand francs.
She uses this necklace at the ball, dancing with other men than her husband, while he sleeps in the back room. Between the hours in a crowded ballroom and the long walk to find a cab in the night, it was not at all improbable that the seemingly valuable necklace would have been stolen.
Whether the necklace is stolen or just misplaced, it is indeed lost. Had she stopped to think, Mme. Loisel may have realized that there was some risk in borrowing a necklace that she thought was so expensive.
Also, the impression she makes at the ball would not likely have much bearing on her life later on. Her refusal to wear natural roses shows us that one of her worst fears is to appear poor. Thus to prevent injury to her pride she makes a gamble in which winning will bring little, and losing, although the chance of such is overlooked, has drastic consequences.
To buy time she lies to Mme. Forestier, telling that the necklace is being mended. Loisel ultimately cannot recover the necklace she and her husband go into debt and buy a new one, worrying that Mme.
Forestier would "have taken Mme.
Loisel for a thief" The obvious decision is for Loisel to tell Forestier the truth. Forestier would then have been able to tell her that the necklace was a fake. Loisel does not know this, but even so Mme.
Forestier would not likely take her old school friend for a thief. Indeed, it is possible that she may have agreed to pay a portion of the debt, or give Loisel board as a servant. Loisel takes on the debt to bolster her pride, the same pride which puts her into her dilemma, and refuses to let her out.
She takes it on "with heroism," 51 to convince herself that she is a good person. In her eyes it is the honorable solution. She speaks again to Mme. Forestier, after the debt is paid. At this point Loisel feels safe. Forestier can neither pity Loisel, who would feel patronized, nor can she scorn Loisel, in which case she would be offended.
She returns triumphantly to her old friend smiling "with a joy which was both proud and naive at once" She tells Forestier of her great hardship, expecting praise.A thesis is a claim about a work of literature that needs to be supported by evidence and arguments.
The thesis statement is the heart of the literary essay, and the bulk of . The Necklace About the Author Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant was born on August 5, , to an affluent family at the Chateau de Miromesnil, in France. As a child, Guy adored his mother and loathed his absent father. Full online text of The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant.
Other short stories by Guy de Maupassant also available along with many others by classic and contemporary authors. - "The Necklace" or "The Diamond Necklace" is a short story by Guy De Maupassant, first published on 17th, February , in the French newspaper Le Gaulois. The story has become one of Maupassant's popular works and is well known for its ending.
In "The Necklace" Madame Loisel seems to be trapped because of the social norms of that time. In "The Story of an Hour" Mrs. Mallard's freedom is due to the constraints of her marriage. She admits that she loves her husband but feels guiltless for recognizing that his death means her freedom.
Nov 22, · Hey all, so I have to write an essay on "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant.. I'm not asking n.e one to do my work fer me, but I could use some help with the theme and my thesis statement!Status: Resolved.