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Discuss literary elements in "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant.

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"The Necklace" by the great French story teller, Guy de Maupassant, delights the readers with its surprise ending much like O. Henry's twists.  Circulating around the idea of "I can't believe that I lost it,' every person can identify with the heroine of the story. 

The story's setting is  Paris in the 19th century. The story's main character could be a star on "Desperate Housewives."  Mathilde Loisel, the protagonist, spends her day,  dreaming about a fantasy life.  Described as a beautiful, young woman, Mathilde finds herself married to civil servant who does not make enough to keep her in the style of life that she feels that she deserves. Despite the fact that she has a servant, the heroine does not appreciate what she has in life.  Her husband, a long-suffering, loving man, receives little appreciation for his hard work and efforts to satisfy Mathilde.

The conflict in the story comes from Mathilde herself  and her unhappy place in society.   Mathilde is her own worst enemy. ...

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