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The Necklace Assessment.

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786 Iram Haq The Necklace Assessment 26/2/2003 The story begins by showing the reader the main character, Mathilde Losiel. The narrator tells the reader about Mathilde's thought towards her life. The character seems unhappy because she thinks that by some error she was born lower in the hierarchy, than she was made for. You are drawn into the story when you see the differences between her supposed life and the life she is living. You feel that she might get to live her supposed life when the story progresses. You are also held in by the event of her husband getting an invite to a party of the rich. Guy de Maupassant shows you all about both the main character's personalities in the opening of the story. He does not give away the story line as easily as expected. The story takes place in Brittany, Northern France. The writer does describe the setting in detail but he concentrates on the way the character's react to their surroundings. ...read more.


The time covered is about twenty to thirty years. The events moved fairly simple, just forward moving events with the narrator explaining the information within the jumps in time. The story is quite realistic as it could happen and no character where completely artificial. The main character's where Mathilde Losiel and Monsieur Losiel. The most important minor character was Madame Foriester who was Mathilde's rich friend from her convent days. Guy de Maupassant shows their personalities mostly by dialog. For Monsieur Losiel a small description of his status is given, the rest is pointed out by dialog said and actions towards his wife. Madame Foriester is shown with admiration and dialog. Whilst Mathilde Losiel's personality is shown by her own dreams and her reactions. Mathilde is intersting as she dreams of being rich, beautiful and popular but when he has done something wrong surprising she does not complain but pays it off. ...read more.


He uses rich language when in description in Mathilde's dreams. The writer does credit himself on has description and imagery of places, as he gives you a bit of the place and the rest follows. He is very clear and direct in his story too. The author is interested in the hierarchy of women and their ability to get a better place in tit without connections of a high birth right. He also says that you should try to be something your not in one day. It is very relevant and not may attitudes have changed towards this. Although his thoughts on women would have ridiculed now. He is quite pessimistic. The story was set in around the early 1900's. Its shows the rich way of house decoraction and the traditions. I thought it was a decent story with an understandable simple plot. I learned more about Parisian nights, lavish decorations at that period, the common way of living and views on women at that time. I did not like his thought on women but I liked his story-telling skills and description. ...read more.

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