The Necklace Questions and Answers
by Guy de Maupassant

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What do you think de Maupassant thinks of the “official world”? How does his attitude towards that world reinforce the story’s theme?

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The "official world" in "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant is represented by the fancy party to which Mr. Loisel invites his lovely wife. She is obsessed with upper-class society, longing above all else to become wealthy and a true participant in that world. Thus, she does everything in her power to play that part. Buying a new dress with her husband's personal savings and borrowing a necklace from her rich friend, Mrs. Loisel is ready to fit in. Her attendance at the party...

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