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What happens to the lost necklace?

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shanenramos03 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM via web

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What happens to the lost necklace?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM (Answer #1)

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We are never told what happens to the lost necklace in "The Necklace."  All we know is that Madame Loisel loses it at the ball, and she does not even know at what point she loses the necklace, only that it is gone when she and her husband are getting ready to leave.  We can speculate.  Someone might have found it, believed it to be a real diamond necklace, and kept it or sold it.  Someone might have found it and attempted to find its owner, to no avail.  The cleaning people might have picked it up after the ball and thrown it away. 

What is important about the lost necklace is its symbolism.  The necklace is lost in the same way that Madame Loisel's hopes and dreams for upward mobility are lost, condemning her to years of hard work and debt.  For some, the story's meaning is that she is being punished for her aspirations, but really, this seems to be a punishment for her dishonesty, in her trying to represent herself as something she is not, and even more importantly, in her dishonesty with her friend, whom she does not immediately tell of the loss of the necklace. 

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