The Jewelry (or The False Gems) Questions and Answers
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Explain the symbolism in the story "The Jewelry" by Guy de Maupassant.

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On the one hand, the symbolism of jewelry seems to be the opposite of the symbolism of the woman with whom Monsieur Lantin falls in love. When he first sees her at a party, she

seemed the perfect example of the virtuous woman to whom every sensible young man dreams of entrusting his life. Her simple beauty had a modest, angelic charm and the imperceptible smile which always hovered about her lips seemed to be a reflection of her heart.

She seems like everything good and wonderful that one could ever hope for in a wife. When she dies, he cannot seem to figure out how it is that she kept their household running on his income. He runs short of money and tries to sell one of her necklaces; this is when he learns that her jewels are, in fact, real rather than paste. In short, the jewels are deceptively real while the wife was deceptively false.

However, I think there's another way to view the symbolism. She seemed "poor and decent, quiet and gentle" when Monsieur Lantin met her, just as her...

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