The Necklace’ is a touching story. The story centers around Matilda Loisel. She is a very charming young lady. She is married to a clerk. She is not satisfied with her ordinary life. She wants to enjoy the comforts and luxuries of life. She is jealous of her own schoolmates, who are rich.
One day her husband gets an invitation to attend the dance party given by the Minister of Public Instruction. He thinks that she will be happy to get the invitation. But she becomes sad. She tells her husband that she has nothing to wear at the party. Her husband spends all his savings and buys a beautiful gown for her. Now she complains that she has no jewelry or ornaments. Without it, she will be considered a poor lady. Her husband advises her to borrow some ornament from her wealthy I’ fiend Madame Forestier. She goes to Madame Forestier’s house and borrows a beautiful diamond necklace
At the party, Matilda looks very beautiful 1. All the men at the party pay attention to her. They want to be introduced to her. They want to dance with her I -Even the Minister pays attention to her. She is filled with joy. She dances with pleasure. She leaves the hall l at four o’clock in the morning. When she reaches home, she stands before the mirror to praise her own beauty. But suddenly she utters a cry. She has lost the diamond necklace somewhere. Her husband goes out to see if he can find it. He searches for the necklace everywhere. But he doesn't find it. Matilda and her hush dare greatly depressed.
Matilda’s husband advises her to write to her friend that she has sent the necklace for repairs. It will give them some time to buy another necklace. They go from shop to shop to purchase a similar necklace. At last, they find a necklace similar to the lost one. ‘Ell’ e bargain is settled at 36,000 francs. Matilda’s husband borrows the money at high interest. They buy the necklace and return it to Madame Forestier. She doesn't even open the box to look at the necklace.
Now Matilda and her husband are with- her heavy debt. They work hard to pay off this debt. Their life becomes miserable. They dismiss their servant. They move to a cheap house. Matilda does all the household work herself. Her husband works in the evening ling and late at night to pay off the debt. They work hard for ten years. At last, they are able to pay off their debt. Now Matilda looks old. She is no longer charming.
One Sunday, Matilda goes out for a walk. She comes across Madame Forestier and talks to her. Madame Forestier is surprised to see Matilda so changed. Matilda tells her the story of her hard life. She tells Madame Forestier that she has suffered greatly because of her. Then she tells Madame Forestier the whole story. She tells her how she lost her necklace and bought ai lather one for thirty-six thousand francs. She tells Madame Forestier that it has taken them ten years to pay off the debts. Madame Forestier is moved to hear the whole story. Then she tells Matilda that her necklace was maile of artificial diamonds. It was worth only five hundred francs.
|1. What is the story of "The Necklace" about?|
|2. What is the theme of "The Necklace"?|
|3. How does Mathilde's character change throughout the story?|
|4. What is the significance of the necklace in the story?|
|5. What is the moral lesson of "The Necklace"?|