• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the ways in which the narrative of 'The Necklace' contributes to the effectiveness of the story's ending.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Explore the ways in which the narrative of 'The Necklace' contributes to the effectiveness of the story's ending. The title of this story tells us little about what will be happening in this story. From that we would only be able to predict that the story would involve a necklace. Everything other than that remains a mystery. A short and simple title in this case has attracted the reader to read on. This is achieved because with this kind of short title, as it brings limited information about the story itself, the only way the reader could know about the content would be to read onwards. "The Necklace" has been effective by the way it brings to the reader the sense of pity for Mme Loisel. The author used the plot, character, setting, point of view and the theme of the story to achieve this. At the beginning of the story, Mme Loisel and her husband are presented as poor figures. Mme Loisel longed for a rich and decent life. In her dreams she dreamt of being admired, living in a house with big reception halls with fashionable dinner parties being held. All of these would surely not come true. This opening of the story is very normal. ...read more.

Middle

This was just with a very limited description; the author didn't go in great details. This is when the whole story started to come out clearer. The day of the party came. As expected, she wore her new evening dress and the diamond necklace that she borrowed. It was a gorgeous evening for her; she has attracted all the men in that party including the minister. Up until now, everything seemed to go right but it was when Mme Loisel and her husband returned home that the nightmare began. The necklace was lost; Mme Loisel and her husband tried their best to search for the necklace but to no avail. The irony twists was brought up here in this part of the story. The reader here would think that after the party, Loisel's life would have become rich. With the lost of the necklace, the whole mind of becoming rich suddenly dropped. The atmosphere sounded as if something terrible would be happening. All of a sudden, this impulsive change made the story more interesting. In this part of the story, it is also clear of why the title "The Necklace" has been given to the story. ...read more.

Conclusion

This details of how Loisels went into the hardship was depicted excessively in the story: "signed notes...ran the whole gamut of moneylenders...compromised the rest of his life...risked his signature...terrified by the outlook for the future...blackness of despair...tortures of the spirit." The effectiveness of the story also lies in the point of view behind the story using a third person to focus on Mathilde's thoughts and responses because we as readers do not know until the end of the story that Mme Forestier always knew that the necklace was only made from paste, which is a bright but cheap glass. This was shown in Mme Forestier's speech at the last paragraph "But mine was only paste. Why at most it was worth only five hundred francs!" Last but not least, the author added the impact of the work to contribute to the effectiveness of the story's ending too by generally making the reader feel pity for the foolishness of Mme Loisel, who thought a twist of fate and losing true worth by pursuing simple appearances. This has been brought out in the story by questioning that "What would happened if she had not lost that necklace? Who knows? Who can say?" and also by saying that "How little there is between happiness and misery!" By Patrick Wong ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Catcher In The Rye - Alternative Ending

    3 star(s)

    I started drifting off again, I thought about Mr. Antolini. I could be there now, having an intellectual conversation with him, smoking a cigarette. I kept thinking about him patting me on the head. Does he look at me as another son figure? Or does he have feelings for me?

  2. How does Arthur Miller explore the theme of masculinity in A View from the ...

    He uses the relationships between Eddie and Marco, Rodolpho, Catherine and Beatrice to show true feelings, that otherwise may have remained hidden. He uses different themes such as honour, betrayal, jealousy, aggression and loyalty. He also varies the way the characters act and speak to one another, which might suggest homosexuality, jealousy, aggression, honour and betrayal.

  1. Adrian Mole Chapter Notes

    Adrian's parents can't decide who gets the T.V. so Adrian gets it In his bedroom. Mr Lucas keeps sending Adrian's mother love notes, Adrian wants to inform his father. March 22nd It is Adrian's grandmother's birthday, and he bought a poisonous plant and a card. Adrian's grandmother is gland Adrian's parents are getting a divorce as she never really liked Adrian's mother.

  2. Horror story coursework

    either it is Halloween or the anniversary of the haunted room, " This night of all nights!" The housekeepers directed the him to the room, since they all couldn't work up any courage to subject themselves to the misfortune that would befall them if they should engage in any activity involving it.

  1. Revenge- A fictional story

    Natasha was more into parties, drinking and enjoying life as she sees it. Anna on the other hand is far more sensible. She loves to study, but she is not afraid to socialise even though her beauty does not aid her in socialising.

  2. Examine Guy de Maupassant’s narrative skills

    he also uses the word ramparts which is the defensive banking leading up to a castle to show the widow is very protected. He then goes on to describe the mountain it is built on "Built on a spur of the mountain and in places overhanging the sea" this makes

  1. Shades Of Grey- A Short Story

    He had a list pinned to the kitchen wall, but he had memorised it long ago. That's a good thing then! he thought to himself, in a simple, distinctly feminine voice. This was the voice that spoke to him of practicality, and the voice that he supposed was also his conscience.

  2. Compare And Contrast the Way In Which the Strong Willed Women are ...

    She also describes herself as 'suffering intensely, feeling herself born for every delicacy and every luxury', this shows that she cannot accept that she has a life that is not full of rich fabrics, delicate jewellery and wealthy friends. She adds to this that she had been 'born by a

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work