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What's the indirect and direct characterization of Madame Forestier in the story "The Necklace"?

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Guy de Maupassant utilizes direct characterization by describing Mathilde Loisel as "pretty" and "charming." He once again uses direct characterization by describing Mathilde Loisel as plainly dressed and "unhappy" because she is not a member of the upper class. Guy de Maupassant also directly characterizes Mathilde as "tortured" by her station in life and "angry." After Mathilde loses Madame Forestier's imitation necklace, she exhausts her funds and life savings to purchase an expensive new necklace. For ten years, Mathilde works endlessly for money, and her appearance is significantly affected by her arduous life. Guy de Maupassant utilizes direct characterization by writing that Mathilde dressed "like a woman of the people" and "looked old." He once again utilizes direct characterization by writing that Mathilde had "frowsy hair, skirts askew, and red hands."

Guy de Maupassant utilizes indirect characterization by describing Mathilde's reaction to the invitation at the beginning of the...

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