The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant

 The charming lady, Madame Loisel, thought that she deserved a better life, better house, better husband and, most importantly, exquisite clothes and jewels.

Chance knocked at her door for a great opportunity for her to show off her elegance and beauty, and she lived it all as she and her good husband attended a party of the Minister of Education.

She borrowed from a friend what she thought to be a diamond necklace, and acted like a rich lady with a high class. 

But life in unpredictable. The necklace was lost!

For a few moments of sheer Ecstasy Madame Loisel had to endure ten year of paying off debts and working hard all day long to save her life.

In the very last line, Guy De Maupassant revealed one of fiction's master denouements when we get to know that the necklace, which was lost was actually an imitation and not real.

Daydreaming and high expectations caused Madame Loisel ten years of anguish. Her dreams are tied to vanity and materialism, which blinded her from the real. The necklace was a fake representation of the real; that is one of the principles of naturalism, which is the representation of the real that is not real. The surprising twist at the end of the story is another characteristic of naturalism.

The short story has irony at its best. While appearances are so highly thought of, Madame Loisel yet was excluded because of her "class". And the necklace which was supposed to be of a great value, turned out to be a mere imitation.

The ending of the story still makes me feel like laughing at the irony of the situation, and the surprising turns of fate. I just feel bad for the great and supportive husband.

Moral lesson: one should feel content with what they have and not forget reality while living a dream.


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