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"The Jewels"





Title: THE JEWELS

Author: Guy de Maupassant

Nationality: FRENCH

Genre: short story








MAJOR CHARACTERS:

MONSIEUR LANTIN: loved 1st wife; runs out of money; discovers wife's secret; remarries to woman with bad temper

MADAME LANTIN: unfaithful, dishonest, loved jewelry, dies

LITERARY TERMS

1)Themes: a) things aren't always what they appear to be
b)

2)Internal Conflict: Mon. Lantin must decide if he should sell the jewels or not sell them

3)Situational irony: a)Mon. Lantin loved his 1st wife & was happy with her, yet she was unfaithful & dishonest
b)his 2nd wife was faithful, yet she had a bad temper & did not make him happy

4) Symbol: the jewels symbolized Mad. Lantin's dishonesty & unfaithfulness Back to main page