I need a good thesis statement and opener for a paper on "The Necklace."

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One interesting element of the story is the irony of Mathilde Loisel's dynamism. She is a character who changes quite dramatically and in ways that we would likely not expect. Initially, "She had no dresses, no jewels, nothing. And she loved nothing but that; she felt made for that." But, then, after she loses her friend Madame Forestier's beautiful (though artificial) diamond necklace, rather than become more sullen and miserable, "She took her part [...] all on a sudden, with heroism." She knows that the horrifying debt she and her husband have taken on in order to replace the necklace has to be repaid, and "She would pay it."

Situational irony is created when what actually happens is the opposite of, or at least very different from, what we expected to happen. We would very likely expect Mathilde to descend into even further dejection as she and her husband are forced to move from their comfortable lodgings and into a cheaper apartment as well as give up their serving girl. Instead,...

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