How does Guy DeMaupassant present his characters in "The Necklace"?
The story creates some distance from the characters through the use of a third person omniscience narrator. Although we follow Mathilde most of the time, we are not inside her head alone and she does not tell the story firsthand. This distance allows us to get a clear picture of her, and the other characters, and allows us to judge them.
Our first introduction of Mathilde is almost fairy-tale like.
The girl was one of those pretty and charming young creatures who sometimes are born, as if by a slip of fate, into a family of clerks. (p.1)
The juxtaposition between Mathilde’s beauty and her poverty foreshadow other elements of her character. ...
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