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What is the exposition of "The Necklace"?

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rogine | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 6, 2008 at 9:10 PM via web

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What is the exposition of "The Necklace"?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted August 6, 2008 at 9:24 PM (Answer #1)

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The exposition is a literary technique in which the background information about the characters is given to the reader.

In The Necklace the exposition of Mme. Loisel is presented right away. We find out immediately what kind of person Mme. Loisel is. We know that she's "pretty and charming" and she came from a family of artisans. We find out that she feels she was born into the wrong class of society and settled for marrying her husband. She feels everything in her life is inferior to what she feels she deserves. She spends her days dreaming of being wealthy and admired.

The exposition of this short story doesn't give us much information about Loisel's husband because the focus is on her and the hard lesson she has to learn about being content.

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neenahh | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 8, 2008 at 5:48 AM (Answer #2)

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wel in the story she a very selfish

and unhappy person..

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x3 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 10, 2008 at 4:02 AM (Answer #3)

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wel in the story she a very selfish

and unhappy person..

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shaida | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM (Answer #4)

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The exposition is the introduction in a story to provide the reader with a background information of the story. The exposition in "The Necklace" is more about Madame Loisel. Mathilde Loisel feels that she was born into the wrong class of society. She feels that she deserves better. She wines about her old, dingy apartment and her worn out clothes. Sometimes, she dreams of huge houses, with big dining tables, which she would invite her noble friends to eat with her. She dreams of being admired, loved, and envied.

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