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What's the point of view of the story "The Necklace" by Guy De Maupassant?

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While the narration is, indeed, third-person, it is also omniscient point of view. That is, the narrator knows what the characters think and feel. Thus, Maupassant's is a non-judgmental point of view that is intended to focus upon solely the actions of the characters, and the readers are left to form their own conclusions. Yet, even though the narrator reserves judgment, Maupassant employs words with pejorative connotations, such as his mention of the material things that Mme. Loise values, such as an evening dress and jewelry. And, rather than using point of view, Maupassant employs heavy irony to convey his theme of the price to be paid for vanity. She borrows a necklace so she can feel beautiful and receives attention at the ball; however, this very necklace becomes her nemesis.

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The Necklace is told from third-person point of view.

The narration is nondescript in this story; the narrator, if there is one, never addresses the audience or comments upon the story in a subjective or personal way. Thus we may assume that there is no actual "narrator" in the sense of an individual with their own point of view through which we see the story.

The majority of the story is a subjective and limited point of view; we might also think of this as "over the shoulder" narration. This means that we learn what a character is seeing, thinking and feeling, but only from their own point of view, or that of the people they're immediately interacting with. We spend most of our time following Mathilde Loisel and being told about her experiences and feelings, but we don't learn much about anyone else. This is crucial to the plot for two reasons; it makes us sympathetic to the Loisels by "sharing" in their misery, and makes the twist ending possible.

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The necklace is a short story written by guy de Maupassant. It focuses mostly on the fake necklace which symbolizes desire for what one cannot have.

Therefore the main idea or the main point of view of this story revolves around the fact that you should be happy with what you have.