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The Necklace

The Necklace

by Guy de Maupassant

The Necklace Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Is Mathilde a sympathetic character? Can you identify with her? Do you care about her at the beginning, or at the end? Why or why not?
  2. What do you think Maupassant/the narrator feels about his characters? Is he sympathetic? Distant? Judgmental?
  3. How does Mathilde strike you as a woman? Does she capture some important part of what it means to be a woman now? Or is she just an old, bad stereotype?
  4. Is there anything Mathilde could have done to make herself happy in her initial situation? Could her husband have done anything more?
  5. Is "The Necklace" a cynical story – does it reflect a really bleak and jaded view of life? Does it have some other attitude towards life?
  6. Does "The Necklace" have a moral? What is it, if it does?
  7. What's your verdict on the story's ending? Does it affect you emotionally?
  8. If the story hadn't ended with a twist, how do you think it would have ended? Could it have ended in any other way and been as effective (and short) a story?

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