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The Effective Use of Dramatic Irony in Guy Mauppassants The Jewels Guy Maupassants The Jewels is a story in which the dramatic irony is employed to uncover a series of events In the Jewels there are many examples that can be discussed in which dramatic irony is present By using effectively the dramatic irony the author makes the reader think about what has really happened in a story and enables the reader to know the true meaning of certain events said or done The narrator tells about the uneasiness of Monsieur Lantin towards his wifes fake jewels This can be seen after reading the remark You have the taste of a gypsy After analyzing the whole story it can clearly be seen how this irony is used Monsieur Lantin refers to her as a gypsy who are people who look extravagant by their jewels It is a fact that prostitutes tend to have also extravagant looks and adorn themselves with many jewelry The use of this dramatic irony is intended to start suspicions about Lantins wife The narrator keeps the reader under suspicion when he says as if she were enjoying some deep and secret pleasure The reader may infer that she has some secret and knowing that Lantin has no idea of whats going on makes her have some kind of pleasure This dramatic irony makes the reader think about whats her secret and why does it gives her certain kind of pleasure After analyzing the story the reader can infer that Lantins wife is hiding her true self Maupassants use of dramatic irony is best seen after Lantins wife dies Lantin is no more able to live with his salary This is ironic because he and his wife could live with his salary and the story says living in luxury At this point the reader may start thinking of the possibility
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