Looking at Theme & Characterization. The Necklace. By Guy de Maupassant. The Necklace. Theme & Characterization THEME Standard 2: Students will be able to identify themes of a text as well as analyze how the author develops that theme throughout the text. CHARACTERIZATION Standard 3 :
Traits: Deceptive, Ungrateful, Dishonest, Insecure, Untrustworthy, Selfish
Traits: Patient, Kind, Compassionate, Selfless, Loving, Considerate, Controlled
Traits: Generous, Kind, Forgiving, Trusting, Sympathetic
These do NOT qualify as themes found within The Necklace:
Don’t lose things
Be careful when you borrow an expensive necklace
Mme. Loisel should have told the truth
She shouldn’t have wanted to look fancy
When you lose something ask the person how much it cost
Possible themes found within The Necklace:
Honesty is the best policy
Dishonesty can lead to destruction
Be grateful for what you have rather than disappointed in what you do not have.
The desire to seem to be what you are not can be costly
Before you borrow anything ensure you have the means to replace it
Greedy, Dissatisfied, Dishonest
DIRECTIONS: Copy exactly what you see in your UNIT NOTES section
FORMULA FOR WRITING A THESIS STATEMENT
Author utilizes + Literary Device in Type & Title of Work + to Analytical Verb (suggest) Purpose = Thesis Statement
While the purpose will change depending on what you write, our PURPOSE in a character analysis is how the use of a literary device (characterization) helps develop a theme.
List of Analytical Verbs:
Examines Investigates Suggests
Implies Highlights Concludes
Indicates Addresses Explores
Write comparison question using text and art
Guy de Maupassant utilizes characterization in his short story “The Necklace” in order to suggest (insert your theme here).
TOPIC SENTENCE 1:
Madame Loisel is (trait #1). Intro quote with what’s happening just before quote? “Use quote” (cite page number). Analyze quote with your own explanation as to HOW the quote proves your topic sentence.
Change “Madame Loisel is greedy” to:
“Madame Loisel doesn’t realize the more she feeds her greed, the more control it has over her.
Change “Madame Loisel is dissatisfied” to:
“Dissatisfaction seems to have created a leak in Madame Loisel; regardless of what is poured into her life, it is impossible to fill her up.”
Change “Madame Loisel is dishonest” to:
Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Madame Loisel finds herself entrapped in her own web of deception when she attempts to cover her mistake by being dishonest.