How does Guy de Maupassant want the reader to react to his story "The Necklace?"

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In the story, The Necklace, the author Guy de Maupassant wants the reader to see the superficiality of the society. That is why he wants the reader to know the jewels were paste and the effort to replace them was wasted.  The effort turns the young woman into an old crone because of the severe poverty she and her husband endure to buy real jewels.  The story is told as sort of a mystery where the reader concentrates on whether the necklace will be replaced and whether the owner will find out the "deception."  When the ending and the irony are revealed, the reader can now see that the superficiality of society is the real culprit in what happens to the young couple.  The author did leave clues in the story, but the ending is where the reader confronts the reality of all that work for the superficiality of appearances was worthless.