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ginger12 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM via web

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What is the mood of the short story "The Necklace"?

What is the mood of the short story "The Necklace"?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 29, 2008 at 7:14 AM (Answer #2)

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In my opinion, one of the most interesting aspects of Maupassant's "The Necklace" is that readers' opinion of the mood may be influenced by their own experiences and sympathies (or lack thereof).  Those who are sympathetic may say the mood of the story is sadness related to loss (time, etc.).  I would take that opinion a step further and say that the mood is a type of sad irony. 

"The Necklace" clearly includes situational irony.  However, this particular irony is not amusing.  It is more instructional than humorous and makes a very evident point against materialism.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 29, 2008 at 12:37 PM (Answer #3)

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The mood is one of tension, stress, and grief.  The main character works her whole life to pay for a necklace that she borrowed and lost.  She keeps the truth from the person who owns the necklace, and when the necklace is finally paid for, she tells the truth.  It is then, after years of labor and the loss of her youth and beauty, that the necklace owner tells the borrower the truth:  it was not a real diamond necklace.  The moral is that had she confessed losing the necklace in the first place, she could have saved herself much grief, pain, labor, and years of hiding the truth from her friend.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted October 1, 2008 at 12:47 AM (Answer #4)

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The mood of a story is sometimes called a dominant impression, one that permeates the story and that is evident throughout it. 

For me, the mood is one of great discontent and resentment due to Mathilde's attitude.  Because the story centers around her, this mood becomes evident from the beginning of the story when the reader learns that Mathilde married a "lowly clerk."  She resents that she has none of the wonderful baubles and material things she wants to have.  She is acting very much like a spoiled child who wants more "toys" to have.

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viny | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM (Answer #5)

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at first it was self pity then sad

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 10, 2008 at 3:46 PM (Answer #6)

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I agree with Bentley that the mood in this particular story is really influenced by the readers. I read this story with my students and the school is in a tough neighborhood in a rural community where the students are poor. My students felt that the mood was somehow a feeling of revenge the writer had for Mme. Loisel and that she got what she deserved. When asked if they felt her sadness or her regret at the lie she told and the predicament she got herself and her husband in to they said that was their favorite part. Her sadness and regret didn't quite come through, they felt justice had been done to a spoiled middle class woman who couldn't just be happy with the many things she already had. They didn't feel bad for her husband either, they felt he was being played and deserved every bit of it staying with a woman who complained at every little thing.

Their experiences are very different than my own because I felt pity for Mathilde when I first read the story in high school. I thought how terrible her life had turned out. I felt the grief and the loss right along with her, but my students believe she is deserving of it and loved that she got a taste of her own medicine.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 18, 2008 at 3:49 PM (Answer #7)

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I believe that the mood of The Necklace is a cautionary tale, warning the reader against materialism.  Madame Loisel has lived a superficial life up until she attends the party, then her life is dominated by hardship because of her belief in the superiority of material possessions and that they make people superior to others. 

The lesson learned dominates the mood of this story. 

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petronela23 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM (Answer #8)

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I agree with Bentley that the mood in this particular story is really influenced by the readers. I read this story with my students and the school is in a tough neighborhood in a rural community where the students are poor. My students felt that the mood was somehow a feeling of revenge the writer had for Mme. Loisel and that she got what she deserved. When asked if they felt her sadness or her regret at the lie she told and the predicament she got herself and her husband in to they said that was their favorite part. Her sadness and regret didn't quite come through, they felt justice had been done to a spoiled middle class woman who couldn't just be happy with the many things she already had. They didn't feel bad for her husband either, they felt he was being played and deserved every bit of it staying with a woman who complained at every little thing.

Their experiences are very different than my own because I felt pity for Mathilde when I first read the story in high school. I thought how terrible her life had turned out. I felt the grief and the loss right along with her, but my students believe she is deserving of it and loved that she got a taste of her own medicine.

I also felt sorry for her . I was in the same situation , once . I was happy at the ball , I felt like Cindarela.Fortunately I did not lost the necklace , which I was told was diamond , but I am not sure . My friend dressed me in a very beautiful dress and she gave me her jewleries.

If she would not have lost the neckless , nobody would have judged her now and call her all kind of names. She would have had a wonderful make-belive night.Why all the harsh reality?

 

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petronela23 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM (Answer #9)

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Matilda was a very honest person and she did not signed any document in return of the neckless , regarding the value of the neckless . Nowadays few people will go so far as to return something that was given without a policy . Mrs . Forestier  should  be equally fair  and have the same class as this poor  dreamer , Matilda ,and return her the real neckless to Matilda and her husband.

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