What's the tone of the short story "The Necklace"?
The plot of the story is ironic, but the tone is simple and straightforward. It is told by a narrator who speaks in simple language, which leads the reader to believe this is a simple, straightforward tale of loss and suffering. The tone reflects the superficial mind of the central character, Mathilde Loisel, and the mind of her simple, kind-hearted husband. For example, the self-centered Mathilde thinks the following:
She had no clothes, no jewels, nothing. And these were the only things she loved; she felt that she was made for them.
Mathilde's inability to see beneath the surface of things, mirrored in the story’s unreflecting tone, makes her unable to see, or even imagine, that the glittering diamond necklace that so attracts her might be a cheap fake or that the values it...
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We think the author wanted us to feel dumbfounded, because of the irony at the end of the story.