Would you explain the title of the story "The Necklace" by Guy De Maupassant?

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The title of Guy de Maupassant 's short story refers to the centerpiece of the narrative and the object that is the catalyst for Mathilde Loisel's difficult life. Mathilde is depicted as a disgruntled, superficial woman who values status and appearances. When her husband receives an invitation to a party hosted by his boss, the Minister of Public Instruction, Mathilde refuses to attend unless she can wear an expensive dress and fine jewelry. She ends up borrowing Madame Forestier's diamond necklace, which she does not know is an inexpensive imitation piece. To Mathilde, the necklace symbolically...

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The title of the story is great because the entire story is based on the fact that the main character, Madame Loisel, aspires to a higher station in life and borrows a diamond necklace from her friend, which she loses.  She and her husband buy another necklace to replace the lost one and spend the rest of the next ten years in financial ruin paying for a necklace that she eventually learns was only a convincing copy.

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