In-depth gender analysis of one section in a short story “the

Topic: Analyze section 6 of “The Necklace” the one that is marked with red in the attached pdf. ( Section 6 is marked with red on the PDF)

Important: Please focus only on section 6 and analyze it in terms of Gender. Try to analyze one quote from section 6 in each body paragraph.

Some things to include: Section 6 starts with: Mrs. Lousiel which indicates that now she has become a personality and referred to with respect. Before author never mentions her as Mrs

Focus on the words she has “become a strong hard woman”.

“women of the people”  write about what this means in terms of 18th century France and revolution. 

End of this section tells us that her evolution is not complete. As she still thinks of the party. 

As this story is written by man Beauvoir would argue that the author of this story is still trying hard to show that Matilda is still a kid at heart. He wants to deny her growth.


Grading Criteria: depth of analysis; specificity of argument; and the quality of the writing (e.g. paragraph development, essay structure, and grammar). 


Part One: to craft a succinct thesis, consider beginning your essay with a direct topic sentence to identify your essay’s guiding concept. For example:

Gender: Section seven of “The Necklace” shows Matilda Loisel’s partial development from a “pretty” young woman to a “strong,” adult woman.

The first paragraph should have no more than 6 sentences to save space for your analysis.

 Part Two (pages 1-4) should present your detailed analysis. Expand on them and develop your ideas, create your own original analysis.

Use the Beauvoir and Marx quotes :

 “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”    

Philosopher Simone de Beauvoir’s Ideas: The Second Sex 1949

 “Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.”  


From Matilda’s Perspective: “…her wings are cut and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.”  ( Title of this Essay)

Actor, Katharine Hepburn: “The Last of the Honest-to-God Ladies” (Lee Israel) 

And the idiotic way women are still forced to dress. That’s just plain sad to me. No matter how free women get, they always seem to be absolutely tied into asinine clothes.

Hell, I’m a woman, so I’m naturally interested in the feminist cause. I hate to see women a victim of things which to me are totally silly. Totally silly. For instance, jewels, and dresses, and stockings and shoes, and a million uncomfortable high heels. All the desperately uncomfortable things and eye makeup dripping off. For what? For what, for God’s sake!

Possibly it’s all right from the age of fifteen to twenty-five, during the first domination of desire, to be fascinating to the opposite sex. But once one is onto that routine, anybody who relies on all that junk to be fascinated by you isn’t worth fascinating… 


Be sure to give page numbers from the play and a Works Cited in the MLA stylesheet for any text you cite. To save paper, the Works Cited may be on the same page as your conclusion.

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