How does the setting in "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant influence the story, characters, and events?

The setting in "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant influences the story, characters, and events because the action takes place in the specific locale of Paris near the turn of the nineteenth century within a specific set of social circumstances. Mathilde covets the lifestyle of the wealthy class and deludes herself into believing she is entitled to their luxuries. Her dissatisfaction and ungratefulness cause her to lose the lifestyle she had but did not appreciate.

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Guy de Maupassant's short story The Necklace relates Mathilde Loisel’s dissatisfaction with her economic status in life. The story is set in Paris, France toward the end of the nineteenth century. Paris is a tourist destination where the residents range from poor to wealthy. Protagonist Mathilde and her husband Monsieur Loisel, “a minor official at the Ministry of Education,” live a modest life with “no expectations.” The setting of the story influences its plot, the life of the Loisel family, and the actions of the characters.

Mathilde was not born into the Parisian upper social class, but she is miserable because she believes she is entitled to the status and wealth of a rich member of her society:

She dressed plainly because she had never been able to afford anything better, but she was as unhappy as if she had once been wealthy. Women don't belong to a caste or class; their beauty, grace, and natural charm take the place of birth and family ...

She suffered endlessly, feeling...

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