Irony In The Necklace

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Guy de Maupassant short story “The Necklace,” Madame Forestier is a school friend of Mathilde Loisel; she lends an expensive necklace to her to wear to the ball. Then unexpected news came that Mathilde has wasted her life trying to pay for the replacement of the necklace, when the real one was worth nothing. Mathilde Loisel has a physical beauty, but not the wealthy lifestyle she wants. Although she has a comfortable home and loving husband, she is so unsatisfied. The only time she was happy was at the party, made her feel she was part of what she desires. Until, she spent ten years working hard to pay off the necklace. Monsieur Loisel is Mathilde husband who truly loves her, and does his best to please her, but never fully understand his wife. When he comes home with an invitation to the party, he expects Mathilde to be happy, and is shocked when she is devastated. He gives her money to buy the dress, which seemed he been saving for something. Because Mathilde does not think flowers is too rich for the ball. Irony is play throughout the whole story. For example, when Mathilde husband brought home the invitation, when she felt rejected from the wealthy lifestyle, and Mathilde learns that necklace was worth nothing. Monsieur comes home with an invitation. On page 3 it says,…show more content…
She worked very hard to pay off the replacement of the necklace. When she runs into Madame Forestier after ten years, she finally had the chance to tell her what happen to her necklace. Madame was shocked and told her that the necklace was imitation that it was not worth anything. This show, situational irony, which means the outcome, is the opposite of the expected outcome. Mathilde Loisel really wants to be in the upper class, but because she insists on borrowing the necklace, she ends up in a lower class than she started. This also situational irony opposite of what the outcome
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