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by Guy de Maupassant

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What does the necklace symbolize, or represent, to Mme. Loisel when she chooses it from among her friend’s jewels? What does she learn about the necklace in the end? How does the symbolism of the necklace change?

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Initially, the necklace—which Mme Loisel believes to be an expensive piece of jewelry—symbolizes a more opulent, luxurious world, a world of wealth, sophistication, and high living. Mathilde has always regarded herself as a cut above the rest, as someone born to higher things. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, she believes that aristocratic blood flows through her veins. The necklace and all it...

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