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What is the theme of "The Necklace," by Guy de Maupassant?

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The theme of "The Necklace," by Guy de Maupassant is most likely "honesty is the best policy." So many problems in the lives of the Loisels could have been avoided if Mme. Loisel had simply visited Mme. Forrestier the day after the party and explained what happened.

The Loisels were not wealthy, though Mme. Loisel believed she belonged in a higher social class. "She was simple since she could not be adorned; but she was unhappy as though kept out of her own class." She did have a wealthy friend in Mme. Forrestier, though, and Mme. Forrestier agreed to loan Mme. Loisel jewels to wear for the fancy party the Loisels would be attending. Unfortunately, Mme. Loisel lost the borrowed necklace after the party.

Instead of admitting the accident to...

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