What is the theme of "The Jewelry" and when does the climax occur?
One theme that emerges in "The Jewelry" is the unreliable nature of human perception. Following the death of his wife, Monsieur Lantin learns that her virtuous nature has been deceiving. The climax occurs when Monsieur Lantin is told that his wife's imitation jewels are, in fact, authentic and expensive.
One theme that is evident in "The Jewelry" is the fallibility of human perception. Monsieur Lantin believes that his wife is devoted to him. She seems to be the "perfect example of the virtuous woman to whom every sensible young man dreams of entrusting his life." The rest of the town agrees; "everybody sang her praises."
Monsieur Lantin marries this beautiful girl and is "incredibly happy with her." She showers him with great attention, and her charms do not fade with time. He is always amazed at how far his wife can stretch his meager salary to provide everything they need for their home and credits her keen economic skills.
His wife maintains a delight for imitation jewelry. She wears it to the theater and admires her box of cheap baubles at home. When her husband scoffs at her silly admirations, she tells him, "Aren't they beautifully made? Anyone would swear they are real."
When she suddenly dies, Monsieur Lantin realizes that the gems were not imitations but authentic . The only way...
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