Describe how the sacrifices the Losisels make to replace the necklace change their character. Comment on both internal and external changes. the short story "the necklace"

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The Loisels' lives change drastically following the loss of the necklace in Guy de Maupassant's short story. Although Mathilde was never satisified with her husband's job or social status, she found that life only became worse after having to replace the necklace. For ten years, the Loisels suffered the indignity of repaying their debts. The husband worked evenings following his regular job and even worked late at night copying manuscripts. Mathilde spent the time as a common working woman, washing clothes and dishes and bartering for favorable deals in the local markets. She was reduced to wearing worn clothes and her hands became hard; she looked old beyond her years. She no longer felt the urges of social climbing and romantic dreams. When she spots Madame Forestier on the street, she in unsure of whether to approach her, since she still appears young and beautiful.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the short story "The Necklace" by Guy De Maupassant , the author sets out the way in which there is a total sea-change in the mindset of the young couple who lose the 'diamond' necklace before they can return it. They change both internally and externally. Externally, they are even poorer than they were before as Mme Loisel in particular loses her peace of mind, freedom and beautiful young looks. They didn't know what they had til it was gone (lack of worry over debt, a roof over their heads, food, warmth that Mathilde did not have to persoanlly go out to work for.) Mr Loisel has now to watch his wife demean herself, scrubbing her fair young fingers to the bone in cleaning to pay off the perceived debt. Internally, they have changed their outlook on life - rewards that are temporary and materialistic are not worth having as integrity and lack of debt-slavery are better to have.

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The sacrifices that Losisels make in trying to replace the necklace bring significant changes in their characters. And it is in this developmental change that the crux of the story The Necklace lies. The hardships change their attitude towards life and their philosophy sufficiently. It is a change for the better or an improvement of sorts through a lot of austerity and asceticism.

The couple, especially the wife realizes how wrong and unfair it is to supplement the reality of poverty with a false and self-demeaning garb of plenitude.  The materialist's desire for money and glitz go away and somewhere down the line the Losisels learn the value of honesty, sincerity and hard work in life. This is a shift from absurd fantasy to practicality. This is a philosophical shift too from typical social hypocrisy and artifice to a kind of dedicated pursuit of a promise made.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In the short story "The Necklace" the Losisels are determined to replace the necklace after its loss.  The man borrowed as much money and uses up their savings as he could.  As a result the couple has had to work extra jobs for ten years with fewer luxuries than they had before.  They are physically tired and have aged through the process faster than they would have had they not have had to work so hard.

The internal change has been most evident in Mrs. Losisel.  She has found accomplishment in her act of repayment and learned a valuable lesson that materialistic things are not as important as she once had thought.  She has matured through the process.

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Fate plays an vital role in the story “The Necklace”. Sometimes life plays strange tricks on human beings. Often human beings play the role of resource less rather deplorable actors in the hands of destiny. luck forces them to play to its melody like helpless puppets.

Losisels all internal or external behavior changes in the hands of fate. her over all life is symbol of misery and hopelessness

But at the end of all this she was amazed to learn that the necklace was not real but fake diamonds. Had she not been learned to live within her own means, she would not have suffered all these hardships and humiliations at all

No doubt it’s my favorite story and its impact is everlasting

 

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

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Fate plays an vital role in the story “The Necklace”. Sometimes life plays strange tricks on human beings. Often human beings play the role of resource less rather deplorable actors in the hands of destiny. luck forces them to play to its melody like helpless puppets.

Losisels all internal or external behavior changes in the hands of fate.Her over all life is symbol of misery and hopelessness

But at the end of all this she was amazed to learn that the necklace was not real but fake diamonds. Had she not been learned to live within her own means, she would not have suffered all these hardships and humiliations at all

 

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