Based on the Popcorn Predictions activity, what do you think "The Necklace" will be about?
Based on your reading and discussion of "The Necklace," what do you think the moral of the story is? That is, what lesson do you think the author is trying to teach his readers? Use evidence from the text to support your claim.
"The Necklace" is a short story by 19th century French author Guy de Maupassant. It tells the story of Mathilde, a woman who longs for a luxurious life, and her husband, who works hard to make her dreams come true. Mathilde must face the consequences of her choices when an expensive necklace she borrows goes missing.
"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant
Do you think people are content with who they are and what they have?
Did you or someone you know ever receive something you lent to someone and it was returned broken or replaced? Explain.
In "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant, what is Mathilde's main focus in life? (Answer in one word)
What is the name of the protagonist in "The Necklace"?
- Mathilde Loisel
- Madame Forestier
Draw a pumpkin juggling candy corns while wearing roller skates.
Summarize Scene 1 by answering: Who? What? Why?
Based on Scenes 1 and 2, how would you describe Matilda?
What does Matilda say that gives a clue to who she seems to portray in Scene 3?
In scene 4, why does Matilda "float on a cloud of happiness"?
In Scene 5, how does Matilda attempt to escape her troubled situation?
How can Matilda be described at the end of scene 6?
What lifestyle are Pierre and Matilda living in scene 7? Why?
17. Personalised Feedback
What is the most important lesson that Mathilde Loisel learns by the end of the story "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant? Explain.
Irony: A literary device used to reveal a reality that is different from what appears to be true. Symbolism: The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. Sacrifice: Giving up something valuable for the sake of something else of greater importance or value.
A TWIST ENDING takes a sudden, unexpected turn. It might shock, surprise, or delight you. It might even enrage you! According to Vera Tobin, a cognitive scientist at Case Western Reserve University, our brains are constantly trying to predict what will happen next—both in real life and in the stories we read. When something unexpected happens, our brains perk up . We instinctively try to understand why in order to make more accurate predictions in the future. So after a twist ending, we go back through the story, looking for clues to piece together what happened.
What was the Twist Ending? Did you expect it or not?