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The Jewels by Guy de Maupassant

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Jasmine Ceja

on 11 October 2013

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Born Henri-René-Albert-Guy de Maupassant on August 5, 1850 in France.
One of the several Parisians to protest
against the Eiffel tower.
Wrote under several other psuedonyms (i.e. Joseph Prunier, Guy de Valmont, and Maufrigneuse).
Developed a desire for being alone & paranoia of death lead on by the syphilis he contracted in his youth.
Attempted suicide by slitting throat in 1892 on was commmited to an asylum in Paris where he died in 1893

The Jewels by Guy de Maupassant
Literary Period/Culture
Originally written in French, translated by Roger Colet
Publication period: 1880s
Moderate replubicans & former "radicals" came into control of the goverment at the beginning of the decade.
The first Marxist party, The French Workers' Party was formed in 1880.
Marxism: A political and economic philosophy originating from philosophers, Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels.
The French Revolution began at the end of the 80s.
Author's Biography
Guy de Maupassant
The Jewels
What The Jewels taught us?/Central Theme
Works Cited
Elexus Garza & Jasmine Ceja
Period 2
Maupassant at his young & older age
Main Characters
Monsieur Lantin: clerk at the Ministry of the Interior, humble man, protagonist.

Madame Lantin: remains nameless apart from title throughout the story, takes on the role of antagonist.

The Jewels, titled as translated by Roger Colet, or The False Gems are more commonly known takes place in Paris, France during the later 1800s.

The story begins with the telling of how Monsieur met his wife, saying how she was the most beautiful & lovely of women any man would "[dream] of entrusting his life" to.
One of the main themes of Maupassant's short story is that looks can be decieving. Monsieur Lantin fell in love with his first wife because of her looks & though he made her happy while alive, he found out about her deciet following her death. She led on the role of a dignified wife when behind closed doors she was keeping an entirely different life from her husband. We are sometimes actually blinded, but sometimes choose not to see the reality simply to make life easier on ourselves.
For six years, Lantin and his wife were happily married. One night his wife tragically died from Pneumonia. His wife had a desire for theater and fake jewelry. Mrs. Lantin always tried to provide a luxurious life style for her and her husband, eventhough they had no money.
One day as lantin was walking the streets of France he realizes that he has no money what so ever. Lantin wants to sell his wife's "fake" necklace to see how much francs (money) he can get. He attended one jeweler who claims that the Necklace is real and is worth 25,000 francs. which was a shocker to Lantin because he had no idea where his wife could have got such expensive jewels.
Lantin finds out that the necklace was sent to Mrs. Lantin by a rich man. it becomes clear that Mrs. Lantin was unfaithful. she was a prostitute and was associated with very wealthy men. Which explains how she was able to afford all her real jewelry and was able to provide such a "luxurious" life style with Monsieur Lantin.
Monsieur ends up selling all his wife's jewelry and gets up to 196,000 francs. He was very pleased with his financial security he was able to resign from his job. He also got remarried, but his second wife was "the most upright of spouses and had a terrible temper. [That] she had made his life very miserable."
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