Class Mobility in "The Necklace" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Class Mobility in "The Necklace"
An analytical essay on the theme of class in Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace".
# 149650 | 1,989 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2011 in Literature (French)

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This paper is an analytical paper on the notion of class and class mobility in Guy de Maupassant's short story, "The Necklace". The essay analyzes this theme and also offers notes that the story is meant to provide the reader with a sense of victorian ideals about class mobility. What the writer concludes is that Maupassant was offering a subtle message to the reader that it is difficult to move up the social ladder and that it is largely predetermined in Victorian culture by one's birth.

Two Necklaces: Two Classes
The Emerging Middle Class
Maupassant's Message to the Middle Class

From the Paper:

"Maupassant uses the symbol of the necklace to represent various stations in Victorian society. However, this theme may be lost to readers that are not versed in Victorian culture. In the story, the necklace is more than an object of desire. It symbolizes something that is out of reach for the heroine of the story. It is used to explain the pitfalls of what can happen when desire overrides all other elements of one's life. However, the necklace also has another meaning that is often overlooked.
"One will recall that there are two necklaces in the story. The first one is the more expensive one. It represents the true upper class of society, those that can truly afford to possess such an object. Madame Forestier feels comfortable allowing Madame Loisel to borrow the necklace. She is not afraid to let go of it. This suggests that her life savings are not tied up in it. She does not guard it so carefully that she is unwilling to let it out of her sight. She is comfortable taking a small risk with it.
"However, Madame Forestier is less than amicable when the necklace is returned a week late. This indicates that although, she was not devastated by the loss of the necklace, it still held a considerable value to her. Her reactions indicate that it was still an uncomfortable loss and held some value in her life. To the wealthy, class of Victorian France, their finery was s symbol of not only their wealth, but their power in society as well. This necklace was important to Madame Forestier as a symbol of her station in French society. We do not know how many pieces such as this that she owned, but this may have been an important piece to her."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Keating, P. The working class in Victorian fiction. Routlege Publishers. 1971.
  • Maupassant, G. The Necklace. Classic Shorts. <> Accessed May 30, 2009.

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