Is there realism in "Rust" by Guy de Maupassant?Im finding it hard to see in this story as compaired to his other works like "The necklace."

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Yes, there is a fair amount of realism in "Rust." It is easy to see why one might doubt this. The story does have the feel of a fable or fairy tale at times, with its exaggerations  ("During nearly his whole life, he had had an insatiable love for sport. He went out every day, from morning till night, with the greatest ardor, in summer and winter, spring and autumn, on the marshes, when it was close

time on the plains and in the woods.) and the purity of Hector's love of sport. It seems impossible, and he seems a cartoonish figure.

That said, look at the descriptions, and the specifics of his situation (he has only the one servant) and at the relative judgments people make of that situation. It is a comic situation, but the author's eye still shows a grasp of realism.