To What Extent Does Guy de Maupassant Show Sympathy for Madame Loisel in the Short Story ‘the Necklace’?

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To what extent does Guy de Maupassant show sympathy for Madame Loisel in the short story ‘The Necklace’? “She was the prettiest woman there, elegant, graceful, smiling, and wildly happy.” This description of Madame Loisel, also called Mathilde, in the short story of ‘The Necklace’ may tell you that she hasn’t done too badly in life, and that she was getting a lot of attention from many people. Many women would love to have that kind of attention and looks right? However, they may not want to have her life after they find out what this description does not tell them, what her life really is and what happened after this short moment of happiness. I will be writing to tell you how the author of the short story, Guy de Maupassant, creates sympathy and feelings towards Madame Loisel. First of all, de Maupassant describes the slight misfortune she had of being born into a ‘wage-earning family’, making certain readers feel sorry for her straight away. The author says this in the description, “She was one of those pretty, charming young women who have had the ill-fortune to be born into a wage-earning family.” The fact that she was pretty, and that she was still born into an assumingly poor family means that she would be viewed, to many readers as unlucky. De Maupassant says this in his description of her having ‘ill-fortune’. The pronoun ‘ill’ makes the phrase a lot more striking and creates a more sympathy for her. Although the description above may tell many people that she was unlucky and unfortunate, many modern readers would not think so. This is because in the modern age we have introduced ‘equal rights’ which means that all people, regardless of looks should be treated the same. Therefore this is why many readers would not feel sympathetic to Madame Loisel as she is just being treated and born like an average person. Guy de Maupassant may have chosen to write

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