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Who is the antagonist and protagonist in "A Piece of String" by Guy de Maupassant?

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apieceofstring | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 6, 2010 at 10:21 PM via web

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Who is the antagonist and protagonist in "A Piece of String" by Guy de Maupassant?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 6, 2010 at 10:37 PM (Answer #1)

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In this story, I think it is quite clear that the protagonist is Maitre Hauchecorne.  He is the one that we sympathize with in the story and he is the one we are really concerned with -- hoping things come out okay for him.

I think you can say that society (and specifically the peasants in general) is the antagonist.  It is society that refuses to believe Maitre Hauchecorne and that eventually causes him to go crazy.  The author thought peasants were too suspicious of one another and he is trying to show that by having peasants in general be the antagonist in this story.

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chahola | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:07 PM (Answer #2)

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.......Manlandain is antagonist in this story.

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