What is the setting of the short story "The Necklace"

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The setting of the short story "The Necklace" is the dwelling of Monsieur and Madame Loisel. This dwelling consists on a flat that is located, according to the story, at the Rue des Martyrs. This street is not fictional; it is a real location which, in today's world, happens to be one of the most visited places by tourists who travel to France, particularly the city of Paris. In the story, the dwelling of the Loisel's is quite humble and it is located in the upstairs floor of what we could see today as an apartment complex.

It took them to their dwelling in the Rue des Martyrs, and sadly they mounted the stairs to their flat. All was ended for her.

The story also shows other settings, such as the palace of the Ministry which, from what we can gather, is located near the Seine. We do not get information about where Mdme. Forrestier lives exactly but her home is also a setting in the story. The historical context of the story places the action in the late 19th century, more than likely toward the early 1900s which signals the time when the story was written and then published.

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