What Is the Theme of the Short Story “The Necklace”?

The topic of Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace” is that appearances can be deceiving, and that the ambition to be someone else can cause a person to miss out on enjoyment in the present. Mathilde Loisel, the protagonist of this narrative, desired wealth so desperately that she lost everything she owned.

Madame Loisel has everything she needs and enjoys a comfortable life. Her hubby is kind and wants her to be happy. However, she does not value what she has since she believes she deserves more. Her spouse has a good job, but it’s not prestigious enough for her, so she grumbles constantly. Madame Loisel is delighted when her husband secures the couple’s invitation to a party. Her husband gives her the money he had set aside to purchase a gun so she can purchase a gown, and she borrows a necklace from a friend. She is the centre of attention. For one night, she feels she has the beauty, prestige, and attention she deserves. Upon returning home, she realises she has misplaced the jewellery. After searching everywhere for it, she concludes that it must be replaced. She works for ten years to repay the jeweler’s debt, during which time she loses her youth, attractiveness, and any pretence of sophistication. When she eventually chooses to tell her pal everything, her friend reveals that the necklace was a fake. Madame Loisel sacrificed everything for an imitation necklace. The necklace she believed to be so valuable was not, and the things she deemed essential in life deprived her of joy.


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