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What is the main idea of "The Piece of String"?

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jesrock | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2008 at 3:33 PM via web

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What is the main idea of "The Piece of String"?

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 10, 2008 at 3:05 AM (Answer #1)

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"The Piece of String" by Maupassant reflects common themes in Maupassant's work. It reveals his contempt for peasants and their distrust of one another. People gathered in the market were constantly trying to figure out whom is being tricked by who, and how to circumvent the trickery. The peasants do not trust each other, and Maupassant shows the silliness and frustration of this distrust. The themes of distrust and the contempt of the peasantry are the main ideas in this story.

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