Describe the characters, setting and plot of "The Necklace"?

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"The Necklace" is set in the late 1800s in Paris. It follows the misadventure of Mathilde Loisel, a middle-class housewife who is discontent with her economic standing, and her husband, a clerk. Mathilde begs her husband to buy her an expensive dress and borrows a diamond necklace from her friend Madame Forestier. Mathilde loses the necklace; the Loisels go into extreme debt purchasing a replacement so that Madame Forestier won't know. At the end of the story, Mathilde recounts this story to Forestier, who is aghast because the necklace was a worthless fake—not made of real diamonds, as Mathilde assumed.


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There are essentially only three characters in Guy de Maupassant's short story "The Necklace." Of the three, only Mathilde Loisel is a dynamic character. The others, Matilde's husband and Madame Forestier, remain static characters during the story. Matilde is the middle class wife of a French ministerial clerk. She is apparently beautiful and also has a lively imagination, which tends to make her sad that she doesn't have all of the accoutrements of an upper class existence. The omniscient narrator describes her melancholy:

She grieved incessantly, feeling that she had been born for all the niceties and luxuries of living...She would dream of silent chambers, draped with Oriental tapestries and lighted by tall bronze floor lamps, and of two handsome butlers in knee breeches, who, drowsy from the heavy warmth cast by the central stove, dozed in large overstuffed armchairs.

In reality, Mathilde actually has a quite comfortable life with a loving husband and even a maid. It is, however, not enough for her, and when her husband brings home an invitation to an elite party, she complains that she has nothing to wear and is without jewelry. Her husband, an obviously well meaning man who loves his wife, gives up part of his savings to buy her a dress. Mathilde also secures a diamond necklace from her rich friend Madame Forestier, who is apparently in a social class above the Loisels. Adorned in a new dress and an expensive necklace, Mathilde is the belle of the ball and is tremendously popular, dancing into the early morning hours.

After the party, she loses the necklace in a vain attempt to avoid being seen in her shabby coat. The necklace is never found and the Loisels are plunged into poverty in order to pay off the debt caused by having to replace the necklace. Because of the debt, Mathilde changes. She goes from being petulant and spoiled to hard-working and thrifty. This change makes her a dynamic character because her fortitude in the face of hardship is quite heroic:

Mme. Loisel experienced the horrible life the needy live. She played her part, however, with sudden heroism. That frightful debt had to be paid. She would pay it. She dismissed her maid; they rented a garret under the eaves.

Ironically, this privation is terribly unfortunate, as Mathilde discovers at the end of the story when she happens to meet Madame Forestier by chance that the necklace was...

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grazey | Student

the setting is somewhere in paris, france. During between the 18th to 19th century era.

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lilpunyetah | Student

..in paris

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valerio1 | Student

The setting can be real  or imaginary places eg;Paris, the cab,Madame Loisel house,madame Forestier house and all those places Mathilde imagine she should be.The main characters are Meadme Loisel and her husband and also Madame Forestier. The plot of this story is in ths last paragraph

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valerio1 | Student

The setting of the necklace is the mineister formal affair

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lheslie | Student

th story is set in paris.

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