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by Guy de Maupassant

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In Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace," is the character of Mr. Loisel static or dynamic, round or flat?

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M. Loisel is only a minor character, and Maupassant does not bother much about developing him. He exists because there was no way Mathilde can go to a ball all by herself like Cinderella. She needed to be escorted and needed an invitation. Also, there was no way that Mathilde could ever pay for the replacement diamond necklace herself. In those days her only feasible occupation was as a housewife. All she can do to help her husband pay for the necklace is to economize in every possible way, which includes doing all the laundry work and other hard household labor herself. Loisel earns and pays the money, but Maupassant focuses his attention on Mathilde, since it is her story and her tragedy . M. Loisel must be considered a static character, although his wife undergoes a profound character change over the years of...

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