The Necklace

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  • Exposition
  • Mathilde Loisel was one of the most beautiful girls in the world. Unfortunately,even with all her beauty, she could not manage to be happy. She wished and dreamed for riches, jewelry, a wealthy husband, to be loved, and understood. Mathilde was forced to live a simple life, married to a clerk.
  • Conflict
  • As gorgeous as Mathilde was, she was always unhappy and wanted much more. Mathilde would do anything for wealth,luxury, and high class, which would only hurt her in the future. Every night she would complain to her husband and sulk in sadness.
  • Rising Action
  • One night, her husband brought home an envelope, containing an invitation to a ball. This was supposed to make Mathilde joyous and finally pleased, but instead she became nervous and sad because she didn't have anything nice enough to wear.
  • Climax
  • To solve her problem, Mathilde visits her rich friend and borrows an extravagant and expensive necklace. She was overjoyed by this and had a perfect night at the ball, until the night was over. She realized she had lost the necklace!
  • Falling Action
  • After searching everywhere, Mathilde and her husband are unable to find the necklace. They are forced to use every cent they own, plus borrow money from friends, to replace the necklace. It had been 36,000 francs. After this, they spent the next 10 years working paying off their debt.
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  • Resolution
  • When the 10 long years of suffering end, Mathilde had become old, very sad, and worn out. One day she bumped into her old friend from whom she'd borrowed the necklace. After all these years, Mathilde explained to her old friend what had happened all those years ago, and that is why she looked so awful. Her friend smiled and told Mathilde the sad truth. The necklace she lent her had been a fake, and therefore worth almost nothing!
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