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candylicious | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 18, 2009 at 5:52 AM via web

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What are all the themes, the setting, characters, and a movie or film that relates to the theme of "The Necklace"?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2010 at 9:02 AM (Answer #1)

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In the short story "The Necklace" Mathilde has the misfortune to be born to a family of workers.  Her husband also has to work hard and does not make enough money to live up to earning all the trinkets and elegant clothing that Mathilde desires. 

Mathilde is the main character in the story.  She is a woman who is dissatisfied with her life and what she ahs  for possessions.  She yearns for more.  Her husband gets an invitations to a party an she will get to go to a fine event.  She borrows a necklace from a friend.  She loses the necklace and has a fake purchased.  Because of her replacement of the necklace, she and her husband must work for ten years to pay off the extra debt that they had acquired.

Mme. Forester is her friend.  She lends Mathilde the necklace so that she can look nice for the party.  It is she who tells her in the end that she had a fake necklace never a real one.

  Loisel is Matilde's husband.  He is a concerned and caring husband.  He arranges for her to get a new dress for the invitation to the Ministers.  He wants to please his wife.  When she is desperate after losing the necklace, he does everything he can to help her get the money to replace the necklace.

The themes in the movie are "Living beyond one's means," and "Greed."

A movie that could relate to the story might be The Boy in The Striped Pajamas. It is a different type of film, but the father's ambition leads to the irony of his own son dying in the gas chamber. 

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