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“The 
Necklace” Guy de Maupassant
Guy de 
Maupassant 
Maupassant grew up with wealthy parents in 
North-West France. He spent almost every 
Sunday with the ...
Vocabulary 
Incessantly - endlessly; constantly 
- Phil incessantly played 
his guitar while Jeremy 
was trying to sleep. ...
Aghast - filled with fear, horror, or amazement 
-The chimpanzee was 
aghast when he 
discovered that there were 
no more ...
Thinking Cap 
What event did Mathilde to borrow the necklace for? 
Who are the victims in the novel? 
If you were Mathilde...
Elements of 
the Story 
• Characters : 
o Madame Mathilde Loisel 
o Madame Jeanne Forestier 
o Cabinet Officials 
o Monsie...
Who said the following lines? 
- “Why, my dear, I thought you would be glad. You 
never go out, and this is such a fine op...
Who said the following lines? 
- “Wait a bit. You will catch a cold outside. I will call a 
cab…” 
- “I have lost Madame F...
Plot: Sequence of 
Events 
• Mme. Mathilde Loisel is in her apartment dreaming 
of a better life. She is unhappy and dissa...
Plot 
• At home, she felt her neck and realized she lost the 
borrowed necklace. 
• Monsieur Loisel went back to the stree...
Element 
s… 
CONFLICT: 
CLIMAX: 
RESOLUTION:
Thinking Cap 
Who are the victims in the story? 
If you were Mathilde, what would you do 
after you have known the necklac...
Thinking Cap 
What does the necklace symbolizes?
Thinking Cap 
What are values presented in the story? 
What did you learn from the character of Madame 
Mathilde? Monsieur...
Thinking Cap 
Share lines or quotes than relates to the 
theme/message of the story.
Theme 
HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY 
The theme of the Necklace is about honesty and 
telling the truth. The author is trying...
Theme 
LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS 
It is also about the CONTENTMENT OF WHAT YOU HAVE. 
People should learn to be happy and 
th...
Theme 
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FOR FREE 
THE BEST AND MOST WONDERFUL THINGS IN 
THIS WORLD ARE FREE 
We can’t buy happ...
Thank You Very 
Much! 
Disclaimer: 
Some parts of this presentation is not mine, they are 
borrowed from other presentatio...
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The Necklace
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The Necklace

  1. 1. “The Necklace” Guy de Maupassant
  2. 2. Guy de Maupassant Maupassant grew up with wealthy parents in North-West France. He spent almost every Sunday with the great French novelist, Gustave Flaubert, who inspired him to begin writing. In his teenage years, he served in the Franco- Prussian War. He got promoted to become a government clerk and he spent most of his free time writing. Between 1880 and 1890, Maupassant had successfully written 300 short stories, 6 novels, 3 travel books, and his only volume of verse. A lot of his stories were about “inexplicable, illogical, and contradictory catastrophes”. Also, many of his stories were humorous and warm-hearted. Guy de Maupassant is one of the most indispensible authors of French Literature, thanks to his many great short stories like this one, “The Necklace”.
  3. 3. Vocabulary Incessantly - endlessly; constantly - Phil incessantly played his guitar while Jeremy was trying to sleep. Disconsolate - so unhappy that nothing can comfort; hopeless and depressed -The team was disconsolate because they lost the championship game.
  4. 4. Aghast - filled with fear, horror, or amazement -The chimpanzee was aghast when he discovered that there were no more bananas left. Gamut - the entire range or series of something -There is a gamut of colors in the rainbow. Privation - the lack of the comforts or basic necessities of life -The privation the people have in Haiti is upsetting to the people who have everything.
  5. 5. Thinking Cap What event did Mathilde to borrow the necklace for? Who are the victims in the novel? If you were Mathilde what would you do after you know the necklace is missing? State two moral values in the novel and give your opinion about Mathilde replacing the necklace secretly.
  6. 6. Elements of the Story • Characters : o Madame Mathilde Loisel o Madame Jeanne Forestier o Cabinet Officials o Monsieur Loisel o Jeweler. • Setting : Set in Paris, France, in the late 1800’s.
  7. 7. Who said the following lines? - “Why, my dear, I thought you would be glad. You never go out, and this is such a fine opportunity. I had a great trouble to get it…” - “Only I have no gown and therefore, I can’t go to this ball. Give your card to some colleagues whose wife is better equipped than I am…” - “Yes, look further, I don’t know what you like…” - “It annoys me not to have a single piece of jewelry, not a single ornament, nothing to put on. I shall look poverty stricken…”
  8. 8. Who said the following lines? - “Wait a bit. You will catch a cold outside. I will call a cab…” - “I have lost Madame Forestier’s necklace…” - “I shall go back on foot, over the whole route, to see whether I can find it…” - “It was not I, madame, who sold that necklace; I must simply have furnished the case.” - “You should have returned it sooner; I might have needed it.” - My poor Mathilde, Why my necklace was a paste. It was worth at most only 500 francs!”
  9. 9. Plot: Sequence of Events • Mme. Mathilde Loisel is in her apartment dreaming of a better life. She is unhappy and dissatisfied with her social status and mediocre surroundings. • One day, her husband, Monsieur Loisel announced that they will be attending a ball. • Mme Loisel felt unhappy because she would look poor. She thought that she has nothing to wear. No gown nor fine jewelries. • She borrowed a diamond necklace to Madame Forestier. • She enjoyed the night, dancing and meeting people, while her husband was alone sleeping in an anteroom
  10. 10. Plot • At home, she felt her neck and realized she lost the borrowed necklace. • Monsieur Loisel went back to the streets to look for the necklace but he was unfortunate. • The couple decided to buy the 36,000 francs diamond necklace they thought looks the same with the borrowed necklace. • The work so hard and suffered much just to pay for their debts to buy the necklace. • One day, Mme. Loisel saw Mme. Forestier. She told her about the lost necklace. Mme. Forestier laughed and told her that it was just a fancy jewelry which costs 500 francs.
  11. 11. Element s… CONFLICT: CLIMAX: RESOLUTION:
  12. 12. Thinking Cap Who are the victims in the story? If you were Mathilde, what would you do after you have known the necklace is missing? Give your opinion about Mathilde replacing the necklace secretly.
  13. 13. Thinking Cap What does the necklace symbolizes?
  14. 14. Thinking Cap What are values presented in the story? What did you learn from the character of Madame Mathilde? Monsieur Losiel?
  15. 15. Thinking Cap Share lines or quotes than relates to the theme/message of the story.
  16. 16. Theme HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY The theme of the Necklace is about honesty and telling the truth. The author is trying to stress the importance of telling the truth. For example, in the story when Mme. Loisel loses her friend’s necklace. If she would have been honest with her friend in the first place, instead of trying to cover it up by buying a new necklace it would have saved her and her husband a lot of time, money, and effort. If we lie, the truth will eventually come out and the author is saying it is always easier to tell the truth the first time, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.
  17. 17. Theme LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS It is also about the CONTENTMENT OF WHAT YOU HAVE. People should learn to be happy and thankful of what they have. If they want more, they should work harder to achieve it.
  18. 18. Theme THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FOR FREE THE BEST AND MOST WONDERFUL THINGS IN THIS WORLD ARE FREE We can’t buy happiness. Be inspired by this video.
  19. 19. Thank You Very Much! Disclaimer: Some parts of this presentation is not mine, they are borrowed from other presentations. It was then modified further to suit my students’ needs and the objectives of my lesson for Fourth Year English Class. PREPARED AND PRESENTED BY: GRACE MANALO-ECHECHE Lipay High School Sta. Cruz, Zambales

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