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What is the climax of "The Necklace?"

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conway8809 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:20 AM via web

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What is the climax of "The Necklace?"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:28 AM (Answer #1)

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In my opinion, the climax of this story is the point at which Madame Loisel realizes that the necklace that she has borrowed is gone.

I think this is the climax because I think the rising action is the conflict within herself that arises because of her desire to be more high class than she is.  That conflict ends up with her borrowing the necklace to pretend she is something she is not.  Then she loses it and the falling action is where we find out how that will affect her life.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:35 AM (Answer #2)

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I agree with the previous editor, pohnpei, that the climax to the Guy de Maupassant short story, "The Necklace," comes when Madame Loisel discovers that the necklace is lost. As far as climaxes go, this one comes fairly early in the story. The other possibility would be when Madame Loisel discovers the truth about the necklace that she has lost: that it is only paste and that she has wasted a decade of her life. However, this is more closely identified as an unexpected surprise ending (a de Maupassant trademark) rather than the true climax.

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