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by Guy de Maupassant

In the classic short story The Necklace, the main character Mathilde loses a borrowed necklace and spends the next ten years of her life paying loans for a replacement. An ironic twist occurs at the end when the friend who lent her the necklace in the first place reveals that it was a fake.

Changes in Mathilde's life :P Edit

by zeliousbeyb :)

In the story The Necklace, the main character Mathilde ends up spending 10 years of her life paying for a replacement necklace that she borrowed then lost. As a result, much of Mathilde's life changes, but much does not.

In the beginning of the story as well as the end, Mathilde is unhappy with herself and her social standing. This is shown by her gloominess in the beginning of the story (“She grieved incessantly…”) and when her husband tells her about the invitation she received. She expresses her extreme sadness when she starts to cry and explains that she would not be able to afford suitable clothes. The fact that she cannot pay for nice clothes is another similarity between the beginning and end of the story.

However, many things about Mathilde’s lifestyle change throughout the story. For example: in the beginning of the story she is lower middle class, while closer to the end of the story she becomes more upper lower class, having sacrificed much of her life to pay off debs. At the beginning of the story, Mathilde is described as, “one of those pretty and charming girls,” while at the end of the story she takes the form of, “heavy, rough, harsh, like one of the poor. Her hair untendedly soft…” At the end of the story she is worse off than at the beginning.

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