In "The Necklace" what points can I make if writing a diary entry from Mathilde's point of view, after she discovers the necklace was paste?In "The Necklace" what points can I make if writing a...

In "The Necklace" what points can I make if writing a diary entry from Mathilde's point of view, after she discovers the necklace was paste?

In "The Necklace" what points can I make if writing a diary entry from Mathilde's point of view, after she discovers the necklace was paste?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

So often concerned with the pettiness of the bourgeoisie, Maupassant has created a character in Mathilde Loisel who has always been selfish and petulant; never is there any mention of her concern for her husband's feelings, for example.  Likewise, she accosts Mme. Forestier on the Champs-Elysees and tells her proudly how she replaced the necklace with one that looked similar, having had nothing else but her false pride to sustain her meagre existence.

Imagine, then, her reaction to Mme. Foresier's sympathetic remark, Oh, my poor Mathilde."  Do you not think that Mme. Loisel would find this remark condescending and humiliating after she learns that she has worked and sacrificed the best years of her life for an illusion, for nothing?  How would she feel?  Could she think of telling her husband whose life has been ruined because of hers?

Indeed, the suggestion of Post #4 that she might consider asking for some monetary compensation from Mme Forestier is a good one.  Yet, would she bring herself to do this, with such false pride that she has?  Certainly, it is a troubled  and defeated Mme. Loisel who returns home that Sunday.

Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Imagine that you borrowed a friend's necklace to go to a dance at school.  You lose the necklace, but you are afraid that if you tell her, she will be angry and the friendship will be ruined.  You borrow money from your parents and buy a replacement necklace.  Your friend cannot tell this is not the original necklace.  For three summers, you babysit or cut lawns every evening, and during the school year, you work after school Monday through Friday. You work hard and have no social life.  All you do is attend school, study, and work. All of your money goes to repaying your debt to your parents, and you cannot buy music or clothes or see any movies.  Your life is really difficult now.  Then, one day, you see your friend and she ask you why you look so tired and are dressed so poorly. You explain about the necklace, and she tell you the necklace was not real gold and the pendant was only a cubic zirconium. 

How would you feel at that moment?  What would you write in your diary?  Mathilde's feelings would be pretty much the same, don't you think? 

Good luck with your diary entry. 

mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The best way to go about doing this is to try to put yourself insto her shoes.  Imagine that you have spent your entire life working yourself hard, wearing yourself down, scrubbing, cleaning, slaving for other people for hardly any pay, and it was all for nothing.  Imagine how upsetting that would be!  In your diary entry, focus on your frustration and angst in regards to that situation.  Then, I might voice some feelings in regards to Madame Forestier, and how it might have been nice if the woman had related that the necklace was worthless, from the time that she lent it to you.  Lastly, I would jot down any lessons that this entire experience might have taught you, lessons relating to pride, vanity, the worthlessness of material possessions, and anything that you might have learned from your experiences learning to be a hard worker and not complain about your stature in life.

I hope that those thoughts helped a bit; good luck!

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm going to take a walk on the wild side, and suggest for the sake of writing something more interesting that you look at what isn't being said, and how Mathilde might respond to that because that would be so much more interesting.

At the end of the story, Madame Forrester is shocked, but she does not volunteer to return the real diamond necklace to Mathilde. We're not told what is going to happen, but we can imagine. What would Mathilde write if she asked her friend to give her the real diamonds back since hers had been fake? What would she think, feel, and write about if Madame Forrester said no. How would that change her life? What would she think, feel, and write if Madame Forrester said yes? How would that change the rest of her life?


Don't feel as if you have to stick with the same sort of journal entry that everyone else is writing. If it's meant to be a creative writing assignment, then be creative:D

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The "old" Mathilde would not be particularly introspective.  In other words, she was not likely to spend much time thinking about whether her actions and reactions were right or wrong.  The "new" Mathilde is likely to see both herself and other things differently.  It would be interesting to create a journal entry in which Madame Forrestier did, indeed, offer Mathilde either the necklace or the money.  Do you think she would take it, as the "old" Mathilde would have; or would she really understand what she had learned and how she grew because of the experience.  Interesting to think about, anyway.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mathilde lost her youth, she lost her looks, and she lost what little money she and her husband had. However, what she gained ended up being more important to her. Do you remember the pride with which she told Mme. Forrester how hard she'd worked to pay back the money. When had Mathilde ever been proud of her accomplishments. In addition, she and her husband learned to value each other more.