Many have written plot outlines for Guy de Maupassant’s short story The Necklace (La Parure), and they fall into two categories: one gives a complete outline, from exposition to resolution, and one that gives us only half. I personally go for one that gives an incomplete structure, because of one big reason: Guy de Maupassant’s style as a writer…
De Maupassant is known for his twist endings, otherwise known as the whiplash ending. The story’s ending is contrary to what we are expecting. Like a whiplash, it is fast, sudden, shocking, harsh. All these rolled into one fireball, thrust at the reader, catching him off guard. Like, wham! For the character, it is a painful realization. For the readers, we feel the pain.
Below is an illustration I made of the plot outline for the The Necklace:
The rising action here consists of all the complications or conflicts, up to the turning point. The loss of the necklace is just one of the complications, but undoubtedly it is the major complication. This is probably why many think this event is also the climax. But one must remember that there shouldn’t be any more problems or conflicts after the climax, because what happens after is the resolution, the untangling, the smoothing out.
The story is called an open-ended story. It stops right after it has swept you up and leaves you up there, hanging in mid-air. The only way to get off from there is to use your wild imagination. One eases himself down to the resolution by using his personal convictions.