Stereotypes In Guy De Maupassant

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Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), is a French author of the naturalistic school who is regarded as the greatest short story writer. Though he didn't originate the short story genre, he promoted it. Maupassant was a prolific writer, between 1880 and 1890 he wrote around three hundred short stories. He was a master of his works and many of his famous works were associated with caustic endings. The Necklace is perhaps his most famous work, which has been also called Madame Bovary in miniature. The story depicts a middle class woman, Madame Mathilde Loisel, who was obsessed with luxuries of the noblemen.. Mathilde was invited for a ball, where she borrowed a diamond necklance from Mrs Forrester, Unfortunately, she lost the necklace and worked…show more content…
Throughout history, there has been discrimination between men and women. Some of these differences can be considered good; for example the concept of being a gentleman and a lady to each other. However, especially in times past, there has been highly negative discrimination as the female race for as long as time can tell. In this paper, it will be discussed just how the stereotypes of Mathilde represent the kind of woman she is and the kind of woman Guy de Maupassant made her out to be. Since this is a man’s perspective of a woman, many stereotypes are largely…show more content…
Clearly, this does not involve all women; however these are the negative sides in a woman that are portrayed in The Necklace. “She was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as though fate had blundered over her . . . she had not marriage portion . . . and she let herself be married off to a little clerk in the Ministry of Education. Her tastes were simple because she had never been able to afford any other . . . for women had no caste or class, their beauty, grace, and charm serving them for birth or family.” (Anonymous Par.
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