Title of the Story: The Necklace
Title of the Book: The Necklace
Page/s of the Book: 35 pages
Author: Guy de Maupassant
Date of Publication: 1884
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing, 1969
Copyright: 1948, 27 p. illus. © the Dramatic Pub. Co.; 3Sep48; DP16363
1. Who are involve in the story? (Arrange the character from the most important to the least important)
? Mathilde Loisel – The protagonist of the story. Mathilde has been blessed with physical beauty but not with the affluent lifestyle she yearns for, and she feels deeply discontented with her lot in life. When she prepares to attend a fancy party, she borrows a diamond necklace from her friend Madame Forestier, then loses the necklace and must work for ten years to pay off a replacement. Her one night of radiance cost her and Monsieur Loisel any chance for future happiness.
? Monsieur Loisel – Mathilde’s husband. Monsieur Loisel is content with the small pleasures of his life but does his best to appease Mathilde’s demands and assuage her complaints. He loves Mathilde immensely but does not truly understand her, and he seems to underestimate the depth of her unhappiness. When Mathilde loses the necklace, Monsieur Loisel sacrifices his own future to help her repay the debt. He pays dearly for something he had never wanted in the first place.
? Madame Forestier – Mathilde’s wealthy friend. Madame Forestier treats Mathilde kindly, but Mathilde is bitterly jealous of Madame Forestier’s wealth, and the kindness pains her. Madame Forestier lends Mathilde the necklace for the party and does not inspect it when Mathilde returns it. She is horrified to realize that Mathilde has wasted her life trying to pay for a replacement necklace, when the original necklace had actually been worth nothing.
2. Where did the story happen? (Include all the places mentioned in the story and make short description)
The location of ‘The Necklace’ is in Paris, France. The author’s use of the currency in the form of francs, Louis, and sous and the use of the French titles ‘M. and Mme.’ (monsieur and Madame) point to France. Furthermore, characters mention the city by name, the Rue des Martyrs Street, as well as the Champs Élysées Avenue, the most famous street in Paris! The party takes place at the Ministry of Education in France, which is located in the heart of Paris, blocks away from the cathedral of Notre Dame and the Seine River.
3. What is the cause of the conflict? How did the character resolve it?
The internal conflict began long before she married her husband, as she always thought what she has was not what she actually deserved. She suffered intensely, feeling herself born for every delicacy and every luxury. She suffered from the poverty of her dwelling, from the worn walls, the abraded chairs, the ugliness of the stuffs. All these things, which another woman of her caste would not even have noticed, tortured her and made her indignant.
4. What are the important incidents happened?
5. Are the incidents related to the present situation? How? Why?
Yes, because people nowadays doesn’t accept what they have they try to find more things that they desire, and people try to lie for them to be not guilty on what they have done. This only tell that these things happens in a true to life situations.
6. Are the incidents possible to happen in real life situation? How? Why?
In a real life scenario, think about people who continuously wish to have more, become more powerful, or act like something that they are not. Wanting more is not the problem. The problem is wanting more of what one is not really able to reach, rather than setting realistic goals.
7. What is the most interesting part of the story?
Mathilde’s discovery is the most exciting and dramatic moment in the story until that crazy twist in the last line. It’s also the turning point in the plot. Before, the story was a build-up to Mathilde’s one glorious night with the rich and famous. Now it transitions into a desperate search. We have a feeling things are not going to end well.
8. What is the impact of the story to you?
It helps me think that I’m must be happy of those things that I have and be contented by these because all the things that we have has a great value. This stories impact to a person is it helps you get satisfied on the things that you have. And to help’s a person to be honest while you still have a chance to tell the truth.
9. If given the chance to be the writer, how are you going to end the story?
If I would be the writer I will give Mathilde a chance to tell the truth to Madame Foretier so that she won’t live a miserable life and avoid a misery, because losing the necklace was the fatal mistake of Mathilde.
10. What is the moral you learned from reading?
Be happy on what you have and if you are given an opportunity to do something you must don’t waste it because you might regret it in the future situations.
The ‘necklace’ begins by showing the reader about main character namely Madame Mathilde Loisel. The author tells the reader about Mathilde’s though towards her life. This short story focuses on Mathilde Loisel who dreams of the finer things of life and is content with her secure, middle class lifestyle. This is a story that has stood the test of time and is as relevant today. The story takes place in Brittany, Northern France. The author has described the setting in detail but the author concentrates on the way the character’s react to their surroundings. This helps to understand the setting from both an outside and inside view. The author uses the limited omniscient description and makes the third-person narration in this short story that allows the reader an intimate look into Mathilde’s life. This way enables the reader to appreciate the changes that take place in character. There are three characters who are employed in this short story such as Madame Mathilde Loisel, Madame Loisel’s husband, and Madame Forestier.
Set in Paris, France in 1880. A young middle-class woman dreams of a lifestyle far beyond her reach. One day, her husband comes home with tickets to attend a very affluent party, and she is excited to attend, but upset that she will look dowdy. Mathilde Loisel is not wealthy, yet she dreams to be. Her husband gives her money to buy a dress, but she is not satisfied until she asks a wealthy friend for a necklace to borrow. At the ball, Mme. Loisel is a hit, but the necklace goes missing. After days of searching, she and her husband decide to replace it with one htat looks identical. The replacement costs more money than they make, and it takes them ten years to pay it off. After ten years of hard work and struggles, the couple pays off all their debts. One day, mathilde is walking to the market and sees the friend that she borrowed the necklace from. She decides to tell her what happened. The friend Mme. Forestier, tells mathilde that the necklace was “false”, a fake.
In the short story “The Necklace,” written by Guy de Maupassant, I feel that Mathilde’s greediness and selfishness primarily caused her to be unhappy. Mathilde, a young, married women, suffering from poverty, spent all her days dreaming and fantasizing about the rich and popular life she envied. When her husband brings home an invitation to a party in the royal palace, Mathilde opts to use all her husband’s savings in order to buy a better dress and borrow jewelry, and a necklace from a good friend. After the party, Mathilde finds out that she had lost the necklace she borrowed. Anxious and terrified, she and her husband decide to borrow money and buy a new necklace in order to cover up. After ten years of hard work, they finally finish paying the debt, only to find out that the original necklace was fake. Mathilde’s actions in this story completely disgusts me. Her greediness in selfishness in life dug her into the trouble she got into. Instead of being optimistic about life, she continues to be negative about everything that comes her way. She is the type of person who is never content with anything she gets; the more things you give her, the more she’ll strive for. She was even willing to use all her husband’s savings in order to look good in front of others, when she could’ve just accepted the opportune invitation thankfully. Her choice to buy the necklace in order to cover up the one she lost also exemplifies her selfishness. She’s willing to do anything she can in order to cover up her wrong doings, and after all, she finds that the original necklace was counterfeit. Looking back at this story, I quote by Gandhi came into mind, “earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed’s.” This perfectly sums up the moral of the story, “The Necklace.”