The False Gems was a short story published in 1883, which was a work typical of Guy de Maupassant’s style. The deep and profound social reality reflected in the story is always a highlight of Maupassant’s short novel, and The False Gems is no exception. It was only a 4500-word story, completely show French society’s reality in the 19th century through objective description and meaningful irony, though. As the skillful use of irony in the text really contributes a lot to the expression of the theme, this paper tries to appreciate the art of using irony in the text. The author wishes to give some interpretations of the ironic symbols in the story on a personal note.
All stories have conflicts, resolutions, and unexpected twists and turns which affects the reader's emotions. The author does this to make their story more intriguing to their readers. In other words, all stories have irony. Without irony, a story would not be a story at all. It’s a lot like life.
The False Gems ZHAO XINYU INTRODUCTION The False Gems is a short story by French author Guy de Maupassant, published in 1883. The story is set in Paris in the late 1800s and tells about after a husband found that “the false gems” his wife collected was not an imitation but it was real, he has changed a lot. Meanwhile, it is a moral novel and this novel has also exposed a social phenomenon that people were crazy about pursuing the hypocrisy and money at that time. The central idea of the False Gems is to expose this social phenomenon and is the irony of people who pursue hypocrisy and money.The author wishes to address this subject in 3 parts: I.brief introduction of this novel, II.interpretation of the irony of the story, and III.interpretation of the tittle “The False Gems”. I The plot of The False Gems is rather simple.
Robert A.Heinlein once said “The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out alive”. Irony is powerful and can majorly affect someone’s life and emotions. Authors use situational irony to create an unexpected twist in the plot of the story. This grabs the reader's attention and also leaves the reader intrigued. For example the situational irony in “The Ransom of Red chief” by O.Henry gives the reader a humorous emotion, and the situational irony in “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant uses situational irony to make the readers feel sympathy.
Not only did Lizzie have motive to kill her stepmother, she had motive to kill her father. It is said that Andrew Borden and his daughters did not have a usual relationship. According to Lizzie Borden took an Axe, Luongo, January 27, 2014, “The relationship between Lizzie and her father is clearly more than just the typical father-daughter relationship.” Lizzie and her father not having a good relationship might be motive for her to kill him. Also considering that Lizzie could have the same motive to kill that her stepmother had to marry, she could have killed her father over money. According to Lizzie Borden Case Open to New Analysis, Katradijion, May 13, 2012, “Borden’s father became known as an evil man who did not provide for his daughters.” This is substantial evidence because if Lizzie was mistreated by her father, that is a reason that she was driven to murder
Loung remembers how upon seeing the stone faces of the gods at the temple of Angkor Wat she was immediately reminded her of her father. This shows that Loung idolized her father and these special moments between Loung and her father were things that she held onto in order to survive the atrocities that she experienced. Loung’s father not only provided provided physical protection by moving his family to places where they would not be in so much danger but he also provided emotional protection by giving Loung hope that she would survive these hardships even after he has
The poem, "First They Came...," uses dramatic irony to make the reader feel a sense of his regret and to make the reader personally reflect what he experienced. Almost counteractive to Martin, Simon uses situational irony to show the feeling of hope and comfort in his passage. So overall the two-text use time period and irony in very similar ways to contribute to the tone of their
The fact that the house continues to do its daily tasks without knowing the residents have perished is the overshadowing example of situational irony in the story. The fact that the house survived a nuclear fallout yet ends up being destroyed by a fire caused by a tree branch falling is a perfect example of situational irony in the story. Finally, the poem used by Ray Bradbury is ironic because it was one of Mrs. McClellan’s favorite poems and it happens to describe the present situation in the story. All of these examples of situational irony engage the reader in a very unique
The irony the author A.C.H Smith values as a literary device in Labyrinth is using it to create suspense. To start, there are examples of verbal irony. Verbal irony is a figure of speech in which the speaker says the exact opposite of what she or he means. Here are some examples of verbal irony. To begin with, Hoggle says to Jareth “I am taking her to the beginning of the Labyrinth.” When really he wasn’t.
Monsieur Lantin’s lady was thought to be an idyllic wife, but readers soon found out that the love between the married was an illusion. In addition, Monsieur Lantin uncovers that the gems his wife claimed were inauthentic were truly worth thousands, much to his confusion. Once he inherited the value of all his deceased wife’s gems, Monsieur Lantin remarried. Although his marriage with his second wife