The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Essay

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The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

?The Necklace?

The theme of Guy de Maupassant story ?The Necklace? seems to be suggested

by the line, ?What would have happened if Mathilde had not lost the necklace??.

Mathilde Loisel grew up in poverty and had no expectations in life. When she got

married, her and her husband would sit around the dinner table and imagine they were

eating a luxurious meal. They would imagine using shiny silverware and eating their

meal on marvelous plates. Together, they had nothing. Mathilde had no clothes, no

jewels, and only one friend. One day her husband came home from work and handed her

an invitation they had received to attend a ball. Her husband thought that she
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After about an hour of deliberating with her friend about what to

jewelry to wear, Mathilde found it. Under all the other pieces of jewelry lied a diamond

necklace. Mathilde was ecstatic. Never before had she seen such a beautiful piece of

jewelry. She decided this was what she was going to wear. The entire way home she

dazzled the necklace. She knew that she would stand out in the crowd at the ball. The

night of the ball came and Mithilde looked great. Her and her husband showed up at the

ball and everyone was amazed at how good Mithilde appeared. Mithilde was not used to

all the attention she received that evening, after all she just a poor young lady. The

evening ended and everyone went home. Mithilde decided that one last time she would

look at herself in the mirror before getting out of the clothes. When she did, she noticed

the necklace in which she admired so much was gone. Weeks went by and no trace of

the necklace showed up. Mithilde and her husband had to borrow thirty-six thousand

francs from people they knew to buy another just like it. Mithilde put the new necklace

in a box and gave it to her friend. Her friend never looked in the box, so she did not

know the necklace was not the same she let Mithilde borrow. Mithilde and her husband

were deeply in debt. For ten years they worked day in and day out until finally the debt

was paid

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