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
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
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
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
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
State two moral values in the novel and give your opinion about Mathilde
replacing the necklace secretly.
• Characters :
o Madame Mathilde Loisel
o Madame Jeanne Forestier
o Cabinet Officials
o Monsieur Loisel
• Setting :
Set in Paris, France,
in the late 1800’s.
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
Who said the following lines?
- “Wait a bit. You will catch a cold outside. I will call a
- “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
- My poor Mathilde, Why my necklace was a paste. It
was worth at most only 500 francs!”
Plot: Sequence of
• 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
• She enjoyed the night, dancing and meeting people,
while her husband was alone sleeping in an anteroom
• At home, she felt her neck and realized she lost the
• 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
• 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.
Who are the victims in the story?
If you were Mathilde, what would you do
after you have known the necklace is
Give your opinion about Mathilde replacing
the necklace secretly.
What does the necklace symbolizes?
What are values presented in the story?
What did you learn from the character of Madame
Mathilde? Monsieur Losiel?
Share lines or quotes than relates to the
theme/message of the story.
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.
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.
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.
Thank You Very
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
PREPARED AND PRESENTED BY:
Lipay High School
Sta. Cruz, Zambales