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...

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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 francs to replace it. Mathilde and her husband spend their inheritance, make financial concessions, and labor for ten years to pay off the genuine necklace, only to discover that Madame Forestier's necklace was a worthless imitation. Therefore, the necklace is the centerpiece of the story and represents everything material and superficial that Mathilde desires, which leads to her difficult, arduous life. Guy de Maupassant uses the necklace to represent the hollowness of material objects and the vain pursuit of wealth and status.

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The title of the story is significant 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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THe title of "The Necklace" by Guy De Maupassant, refers not just to the physical necklace that Madame Loisel borrows and then loses, but rather to what it represents. TO Madame Loisel, the necklace represemts all that she does not and can not have: wealth, status, what she perceives as a good life. When she borrows the necklace for the ball, she has a wonderful time because she imagines herself as someone who could afford the necklace, who belonged. Once she loses the necklace, and goes heavily into debt to pay for the new one, Madame Loisel realizes that she can never be part of the world of which she wants to belong.

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