Diamond Neckalce Essay

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Understanding “The Diamond Necklace” Using the Marxist perspective The short story, “The Diamond Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant demonstrates the class system between the proletariat, represented by Madame Loisel and her husband, and the bourgeoisie, which is represented in the story as Madame Forestier and how these classes are in conflict with each other. The short story also has the idea of sign value and how it affects people. Lastly, it also has the idea that there’s false consciousness. All of these ideas are Marxist and this approach helped bring great insight into the story and helps give you a better insight into the story. “The Diamond Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant has a class conflict within it, which can be seen when the reader is using the Marxist approach. There is class conflict within the short story because Guy de Maupassant creates two very distinct classes with in his story. One of the classes within the short story is the proletariat class; they are of the working class meaning they have to work for what they want in life. The other class in this short story is the bourgeoisie class are the ones “who own property and thereby control the means of production” (Dobie, 87) or the middle class as they are known in today’s society. These two classes are clearly established and are maintained throughout the short story. The class conflict between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie is created in the very beginning of Guy de Maupassant’s short story. This conflict is created because Madame Loisel isn’t content with where she is in life, but instead wants to move up to the bourgeoisie classes. Unfortunately for Madame Loisel she doesn’t have the skills or the proper connection to help her move up in society to where she really wants to be. So because of this she is forced to stay in the class that she so desires to get out of. Then when Madame
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