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Would you explain the title ot the story "The Necklace," by Guy De Maupassant?

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franciscahami... | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2007 at 8:02 PM via web

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Would you explain the title ot the story "The Necklace," by Guy De Maupassant?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 22, 2007 at 11:30 PM (Answer #1)

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THe title of "The Necklace" by Guy De Maupassant, refers not just to the physical necklace that Madame Loisel borrows and then loses, but rather to what it represents. TO Madame Loisel, the necklace represemts all that she does not and can not have: wealth, status, what she perceives as a good life. When she borrows the necklace for the ball, she has a wonderful time because she imagines herself as someone who could afford the necklace, who belonged. Once she loses the necklace, and goes heavily into debt to pay for the new one, Madame Loisel realizes that she can never be part of the world of which she wants to belong.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 18, 2007 at 11:29 AM (Answer #2)

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The title of the story is significant because the entire story is based on the fact that the main character, Madame Loisel, aspires to a higher station in life and borrows a diamond necklace from her friend, which she loses.  She and her husband buy another necklace to replace the lost one and spend the rest of the next ten years in financial ruin paying for a necklace that she eventually learns was only a convincing copy.

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neenahh | Student | eNoter

Posted October 10, 2008 at 3:14 AM (Answer #3)

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The title of the story is great because the entire story is based on the fact that the main character, Madame Loisel, aspires to a higher station in life and borrows a diamond necklace from her friend, which she loses.  She and her husband buy another necklace to replace the lost one and spend the rest of the next ten years in financial ruin paying for a necklace that she eventually learns was only a convincing copy.

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