Mauppassant's "The Necklace" outline and paper.

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Outline: Mauppassant's "The Necklace"

Thesis: The character, Mathilde Loisel, changes dramatically in several ways.


A.In Maupassant's, "The Necklace" Mathilde Loisel is a discontent woman.

B.She longs to be beautiful and popular among the other women in town.

C.The character, Mathilde Loisel, changes dramatically in several ways.


A.Mathilde goes from rags to riches to attend a formal dinner party.

1. She manipulates her husband to give her for hundred francs to purchase a dress.

2. She borrows a gorgeous, diamond necklace from a rich friend of hers. (Pg. 6)

3.She finally filled the urge to be a beautiful, classy woman.

B.Mathilde changes from being a spoiled housewife to a more conservative woman.

1.She and her husband search frantically for the lost necklace.

2.She lies to Mrs. Forrester to buy more time to replace the necklace. (Pg. 8)

3. She shows much concern for the lost necklace.

C.Mathilde takes responsibility for the lost necklace.

1.She makes many changes at home to cut down on expenses. (Pg.9)

2.She becomes a working class woman.

3.She accepts poverty for the first time in her life.


A.Mathilde makes several changes in her personality throughout this story.

B.A reader can easily draw several conclusions about Mathilde's personality.

C.The changes that Mathilde endures help her to mature into a better woman.

A Strangling Lie

In Mauppassant's story "The Necklace," two characters find out the hard way that it does not pay to tell a lie. Mathilde Loisel is a discontent woman who often fantasizes about being a rich classy woman. On the other hand, Mr. Loisel, her husband is an easygoing person. Mathilde is presented with an invitation to a formal dinner party, and she starts complaining to her husband that she...