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Guy de Maupassants short story The Necklace is not simply about an article of jewelry The title reveals an intricate element to the storys theme symbolism Plot and character are also important elements to examine for determining the storys theme The use of three elements plot character and symbolism helps to communicate the storys central theme - lies only lead to future hardships The plot of The Necklace develops mainly through its main character Madame Mathilde Loisel The plot grows from her greed unhappiness and deceit Maupassant describes her as one of those pretty and charming girls born as though fate had blundered over her Mathilde is conflicted with both herself and society She feels life cheated her out of what she was born for She had no clothes no jewelry nothing And these were the only things she loved she felt she was made for them This passage describes her inner conflict She feels she has nothing in actuality her and her husband were not desolate poor for which she was meant for She longs for a higher station in society Which leads to her conflict with society Her and her husband Monsieur Loisel a simple clerk are far from being high society Yet they are also far from being lowly beggars They are in the middle Mathilde feels inferior and jealous towards high society The plot line follows a chronological order which is crucial for the effect of the storys end Mathilde is introduced along with whom she is married to due to lack of better prospects The story continues with the description of her unhappiness with her social standing Madame and Monsieur Loisel are invited to a prestigious ball The invitation leads Mathilde to a beautiful diamond necklace which she borrowed from a friend The turning point in the story is when the same necklace turns up missing This event leads to ten year of hardship and poverty for both Madame
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