The Necklace Part 2

The Necklace Part 2
Characters
married couple
Monsieur Loisel
In love with his wife
content with his life
selfsacrificing man
loyal to his wife
Madame Loisel
dreaming of high class life
unhappy with her situation
friends
Mathilde Loisel
dreaming of a high class life
Madame Forestier
lends the necklace to Mathilde
rich and beautiful
Settings
Paris
flat (rue des Martyrs)
part 1 3
party (Ministry of Education)
part 4
garret under the roof
part 5
ChampsElysées
part 6
Duration of the story
approximately 10 years
Different readings
can be compared to
Cinderella, but the
fairytale changes into a
nightmare
a criticism to 19th century society,
prisoner to its prejudice and
concupiscence
a person's preoccupation
with appearance and
materialism is vain
being honest up front
always pays in the
long run
Story structure
part 1
Mme Loisel
Unfulfilled dreams
unhappy
M. Loisel
little clerk in the Ministry of Education
part 2
Invitation to the ball
M.Loisel
forgets his wishes and gives
money to his wife to buy the
dress
Mme Loisel
first unhappy: no good dress
gets money from her husband
to buy an appropriate dress
part 3
Borrowing Mrs Forestier's
necklace
Mme Loisel
unhappy since she has no jewels
borrows a necklace from
her friend; Mme Forestier
part 4
The ball
During
Great success of Mme Loisel
After
Mme Loisel realises that
the necklace is lost.
A desperate unfruitful
search for the necklace
part 5
Fear of disclosure,
consequently Substituting the
necklace
Buying a copy of the necklace and
returning it to the owner without saying
anything
Getting in debt with the creditors
Paying the debts and its
consequences
no maid
moving to a garret under a roof
hard work for the couple
for various years
part 6
The twist / the ugly truth
Meeting with Mme Forestier
The necklace lent by Mme
Forestier was a fake one
worth 500 francs not a
real one worth 40 000
francs.
23