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1: The Diamond Necklace | Guy De Maupassant | by | . . . . . . . . . . . .

2: Author | Guy de Maupassant 1850 – 1893 A popular 19th-century French writer, considered one of the fathers of the modern short story and one of the form's finest exponents

3: Famous works: The Necklace; Useless Beauty | A protégé of Flaubert, Maupassant's stories are characterized by their economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouements. Many of the stories are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s and several describe the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught in the conflict, emerge changed. He authored some 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books, and one volume of verse. The story "Boule de Suif" ("Ball of Fat", 1880) is often accounted his masterpiece. His most unsettling horror story, "Le Horla" (1887), was about madness and suicide.

4: Main Character | Madame Mathilde Loisel Always imagined herself in a high social position with wonderful jewels. However she has nothing and marries a low paid clerk who tries his best to make her happy

5: Wants more out of life

6: Charles & Madame Forestier | Through lots of begging at work Charles is able to get two invitations to the Ministry of the Public Instruction party. Mathilde then refuses to go, for she has nothing to wear. Her husband is upset to see her displeasure and, using money that he was saving to buy a rifle, gives Mathilde 400 francs and lets his wife buy a dress that suits her. Mathilde goes out and buys a dress, but even with the dress Mathilde is still not happy, since she has no jewels to wear with it. The pair does not have much money left, so her husband suggests that she buy roses to wear with it, but after Mathilde disagrees he suggests borrowing something from her friend, Madame Jeanne Forestier

7: FOREVER | Mathilde picks out the fanciest diamond necklace that she can find. After attending the Ministry of Public Instruction party, Mathilde discovers that she has lost the necklace. Mathilde and her husband look everywhere but the necklace is not to be found.

8: Mathilde and her husband look everywhere but the necklace is not to be found. They take out loans from generous friends and loan sharks to buy a diamond necklace that looks just like the one that was lost. It takes them ten years of hard labor to come up with the 36,000 francs necessary to pay them back

9: Toward the end, Mathilde takes a walk (She looks terrible, rough and weathered frpom years of work), remembering her past and the night when the necklace was lost. Suddenly, she sees Madame Jeanne Forestier and goes to meet her. Mathilde confesses about that night and how she worked so hard to return the necklace. Madame Forestier, deeply moved, tells Mathilde that the one she had borrowed was made of paste, not real diamonds, and that it was worth at most 500 francs

10: Themes | The major theme of the story (when one takes a Marxist approach to the story) is Commodification. Matilda's need to be one of the elite puts her and her husband into massive debt and ruins their life. And in the end, it was all for nothing.

11: Two hearts that have been merged is marriage; two souls that have been merged is fate.

12: I DO

13: "Love is when you have a bad day but then you see the one you love and everything seems to be okay."

14: "I've fallen in love many times.. always with you."

15: LOVE


17: Love is patient, love is kind, love never ends.

18: An eternity is forever, and forever with you would be a dream come true.

19: You are my soul mate, my sweetheart, you are my dream come true, from now until the end of time I give my heart and soul to you.


22: "Love is looking into someone's eyes and seeing yourself perfect for the first time in your life."

23: LOVE

25: Today and always, beyond tomorrow, I need you beside me, always as my best friend, lover and forever soul mate.

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