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 represents class, status, and wealth, which are superficial and meaningless things.

After losing the necklace, Mathilde buys a genuine diamond necklace for thirty-six thousand...

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