Prompts for “The Necklace” Prompt: In a multi-paragraph essay, compare and contrast Madame and Monsieur Loisel’s character at the beginning of the story. How are their attitudes toward life different, and how does the author bring his characters to life? Thesis statement: Guy de Maupassant uses precise diction to create character in the short story “The Necklace.” TS#1: Mme. Loisel is unhappy with her life because she believes a woman with her beauty and charm deserves to be wealthy, adored, and pampered. TS#2: M. Loisel, on the other hand, seem content with his life, is a practical man, and a considerate husband. Prompt: In a multi-paragraph essay, discuss Guy de Maupassant’s message in the short story “The Necklace” and how the message is conveyed. Thesis statement: Guy de Maupassant uses the diamond necklace as a symbol in the short story “The Necklace” to convey the message that one should value and appreciate what one has. TS #1: When Madame Loisel first sees the necklace, it represents the allure and glamour of a life of luxury and wealth that she feels she deserves but is denied. TS #2: The lost necklace symbolizes the heavy debt that controls the lives of the Loisels and takes away all of their comforts. TS #3: At the end of the story the necklace becomes a symbol for the wasted lives caused by the false belief that wealth is the basis for happiness.
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