Anna Ivette Vilde
Response to “The Necklace”
Working class, Dreams of being rich
Invitation to fancy party
Borrows Diamond Necklace from friend
Loses the necklace
Ten year paying for it
Necklace is a Fake
It follows the conventional structure
The structure of the story contributes to the mood of the story because the flow of the story is much smoother, and helps you keep up better.
The part that is most interesting is the ending, because, yes, it exists but it introduces a whole new problem so it leaves you hanging and asking more questions like; now what? The ending of the story is different from other stories because it ends with a twist, kind of an ironic finale that makes you finish reading with a smile.
direct statement: “… were never to be seen in Paris except after dark.”
“I think I could manage with four hundred francs
“… Walked in the direction of the River Seine”
If you put two and two together you get Paris.
The setting affects this story because Paris is the heart of the fashionable world, and people have expectations about how others should dress in Paris. We see this through the sentence, “…unnoticed by the other women wrapped in rich furs
This affects the main character because she wants to be popular and rich, as is her expectations, but she is humiliated by her state of poverty, and tries to change that. She doesn’t want to be poor among rich people in Paris, so she becomes vain and conceited and tries to fit in that way.
If the setting wasn’t in Paris at that time era Mathilde would probably not have had desires to be popular and rich, so none of this would have happened. Back then (probably late 1800s early 1900s) it was very important to be fashionable and active in the higher social classes.
Shallow, Vain, Arrogant –
“She felt that luxuries and soft living were her natural birthright.” And “She longed to be envied, popular,”
“I have no jewellery… I shall look like a poor relation.”
“I have been through very hard times…all because of you!”
Her husband is also proud and arrogant, because he tells his wife “you must write to your friend’…‘saying that you have broken the catch of her necklace”.
“She was in a perpetual state of dissatisfaction, because she felt that luxuries and soft living were her natural birth right”
“The sight of the girl who did the humble domestic chores filled her with hopeless longings and idle dreams.”
“Mine was imitation and worth, at most, five hundred francs!…”