What is the mood and theme of the story "The Necklace?"  

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I also look at this story as a tragedy, and a sustained one at that, given the daily hardships the main character has to go through just to survive, along with the magic and hope of attending the gala event, only to be crushed by the loss of the necklace, and the long hardship and toil that follows as she tries to pay off her debt.  And in the end, the ultimate irony of finding out the necklace she had borrowed was merely "paste". 

This mood, one of near hopelessness and despair, follows throughout the story, emphasized and re-emphasized, punctuated with brief glimpses of hope ending in final irony.  Great story.

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The theme of the story The Necklace is dissatisfaction and ambition gone awry due to the need to appear to be someone (or something) that you are not.

Mdme Loisel is a woman who could live comfortably if only she were less ambitious and irrational in what she claims to be "happiness".

When an invitation to a party arrives, rather than being considerate and rational, Mdme Loisel complaint about not having enough nice clothes and jewels with which to impress those attending. After borrowing a very glitsy necklace from a friend, she finally looks as regal and rich as she wants, and shines at the party. When she realizes she loses the necklace, she works hard to the point of poverty to replace it. In the end, the necklace, just like the ambition of Mdme Loisel ended up being a fake.

The mood in the narrative is of depression and negativity with the whining and complaining of Mdme Loisel and the desperation in which she fell afterwards when she ended up in deep poverty trying to pay for what she thought was a real diamond necklace. In the end, when we find out that the necklace was a fake, the mood is cruel, sad, and almost despairing. It is not a happy reading, but is a very good one.

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One of the overriding themes of this novel is the idea that things are not always as they appear.  The mood that...

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