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Throughout Guy de Maupassants The Necklace irony is used to add to the story There are many obvious cases of irony in this story three of which will be discussed This story is a situational irony written in 1884 The story was written in a time when there were very distinct social classes primarily determined by ones birth It is about a woman who cannot come to terms with her position in the middle class Although she knows she cannot escape her class she refuses to accept it gracefully It is through Matilde that Maupassant develops the storys irony The irony begins with Matildes frequent daydreaming She is a beautiful and charming woman who feels herself born for all the delicacies and all the luxuries 976 Fate however placed her among the middle class where life was very simple For her the only means to a more affluent class was through her imagination She dreams of silent antechambers hung withwhose attention they all desire 976 What she fails to realize is that these daydreams only make her more dissatisfied with her real life As a result she becomes more focused on what shes lacking materially speaking Also contributing to the irony is the necklace Matildes husband brings a coveted dinner invitation home and her first reaction is concern for her appearance She tells her husband that they cannot possibly go because she has Nothing 977 to wear Her husband agrees to buy her a new dress even though he had saved up the money for himself This however is not enough for Matilde she needs jewelry She explains that without jewelry she will appear poor among other women who are rich 978 In her quest to present herself as a wealthy woman she decides to borrow a superb necklace of diamonds 6 from Mme Forestier Unfortunately upon arriving home Matilde notices that the necklace is lost When the necklace cannot be found Matilde and her
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