What is the conflict of the short story "The Necklace"?

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There are two primary conflicts in Guy De Maupassant's short story "The Necklace," which are the individual versus the self and the individual versus society. Mathilde Loisel's internal and external conflicts stem from her social status, her feelings of inadequacy, and society's expectations. Mathilde Loisel believes that she should occupy a higher social class and is ashamed that she is considered middle-class after marrying a humble clerk. Mathilde Loisel is unhappy with her life and continually dreams about living in a palace and owning expensive items.

Mathilde experiences feelings of inferiority and inadequacy because of her social status and does not believe that she can meet the expectations of upper-class society when she attends the ball at the Ministry of Public Education. Mathilde believes that members of the upper-class will view her with contempt when they judge her clothing, accessories, and overall appearance. The French aristocracy in the late-1800s was particularly...

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