How many themes are in the story The False Gems?

There are many themes within the story The False Gems, but one of the most prominent themes is the undervaluation of women with regard to the protagonists wife, who is actually incredibly clever. When she passes away, the protagonist finds it impossible to live on the same salary that previously supported both of them due to her careful planning. Her authentic jewelry collection also proves to be a beneficial investment when it enables the protagonists financial survival.

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Guy de Maupassant 's 1883 short story has a number of thematic concerns. Among them is the idea that we can never know all there is to know about another person, even a spouse. Monsieur Lantin believes that he has a simple, lovely and modest wife whose only vices are...

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Guy de Maupassant's 1883 short story has a number of thematic concerns. Among them is the idea that we can never know all there is to know about another person, even a spouse. Monsieur Lantin believes that he has a simple, lovely and modest wife whose only vices are a love for theater and a taste for ostentatious costume jewelry. What he doesn't know about her is that she actually has a taste for ostentatious authentic jewelry.

Another theme found in the story has to do with the undervaluing of women. Monsieur Lantin knows that his wife is an efficient home economist whose cleverness allows them to live well despite his relatively modest salary. When she is gone, he is unable to live alone on that same salary. Ironically, it is she, after her death, that continues to provide for him through the sale of her jewelry.

Monsieur Lantin's despair when he finds himself unable to cope financially and his envy of the rich men he sees in Paris suggests a theme about confusing material wealth with true happiness. His glee when he tells a fellow restaurant patron of his windfall has replaced both the love and grief he had felt so intensely with regard to his wife.

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