The Necklace Questions and Answers
by Guy de Maupassant

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What might be a strong refutation against a reader's opinion of Mathilde in "The Necklace"? This refutation would have an antithesis as the topic sentence with an explanation of the antithesis. Then, what is a refutation of the antithesis with quotes from "The Necklace" supporting the argument?

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Having taught this story several times, I know that students tend to develop a quick dislike of Mathilde Loisel. She has a kind husband with a good job, and he just wants to try to make her happy. However, she feels that she was "born for all the delicacies and all the luxuries" and cannot be happy with the nice life they have, the servant girl she commands, and the tidy apartment she keeps. When he procures an invitation to a fancy party, Mathilde is not happy until she has a new dress and borrowed jewels, but when she loses the jeweled necklace, life changes for the Loisels forever. Although they...

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