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Guy de Maupassant

One theme could be the pride of the narrator. He is so concerned about out-smarting his friends that he, in effect, out-smarts himself, by moving his bed to the middle of the floor and making his...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016 9:29 pm UTC

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"The Umbrella" is a short story written by Guy de Maupassant. It is set in Paris in the 1880s, and it is a subtle and observant comic tale about a woman, Mme. Oreille, and the trials and...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 11:12 am UTC

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Guy de Maupassant was a French writer who lived from 1850 to 1893 and is famous for his short stories which depict life in the nineteenth century. His short story entitled "Moonlight" is about two...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 12:54 am UTC

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Maupassant's "A Coward" tells the story of a man (Viscount Gontran-Joseph de Signoles) who challenges another (Georges Lamil) to a duel, becomes anxious and afraid in the days leading up to the...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019 2:24 pm UTC

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Maupassant's short story "The Beggar" illustrates that man is alone and helpless against the hardships of life. An old Russian proverb reads "Man is a wolf to man." This holds true in Maupassant's...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 8:01 pm UTC

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Guy de Maupassant's short story "A Duel" ends with profound irony. Throughout the narrative, the reader perceives the Frenchman as repressed by prudent passivity and "sorrowful resignation" because...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016 8:46 pm UTC

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When old Maitre Hauchecorne retrieves a discarded piece of string from the street near the Goderville square, little did he know that it would lead to a personal humiliation that would follow him...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2010 9:22 am UTC

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Fishing is a fine-weather sport, a leisure activity, and in this story by Guy de Maupassant, a hobby shared by two friends. Before the war Mssrs. Morissot and Sauvage went to the river regularly;...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 6:14 pm UTC

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Humor is an integral part of Guy de Maupassant’s short story "The Uncomfortable Bed." The narrator arrives at a hunting lodge and immediately begins to suspect that his friends are planning a...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2015 12:59 am UTC

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The theme of Guy de Maupassant’s “An Adventure in Paris” is the clash between the fantasies that we make up in our minds and reality. This is evident in the fact that the protagonist of the story,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018 1:28 am UTC

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Monsieur Morissot is a Parisian jeweler, and he is an avid fisherman. Monsieur Sauvage is a maker of drapes on the Rue Notre Dame de Lorette (Our Lady of Lorette Street). He, too, is a passionate...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2017 6:06 am UTC

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The broadest setting location for this story is Paris, France; however, that setting location doesn't really matter. The entire story takes place in the home of Madame Julie Roubere. More...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2017 1:45 am UTC

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The short story "A Wedding Gift" by Guy de Maupassant tells of a man named Jacques Bourdillere who meets and falls in love with a young woman named Berthe Lannis by the seaside. Because of his...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2020 2:55 pm UTC

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A dynamic character is one who develops and changes over the course of a narrative, so an easy way to answer this question is to ask simply, “How does the Abbé Marignan change from the beginning to...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 4:59 pm UTC

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"The Moonlight" is the account of a conversation between Madame Julie Roubere and her elder sister Henriette Letore. During the exposition, the author tells the reader that Madame Roubere is...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2009 6:48 am UTC

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The two friends, Monsieur Sauvage and Monsieur Morissot, have visited their favorite fishing spot on the river many times over the years and have always enjoyed the tranquility and the innocent...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 5:55 pm UTC

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Guy de Maupassant was a Naturalist writer, and Naturalists were a rather pessimistic set who tended to believe that humanity was subject to forces larger and more powerful than itself: nature,...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 3:58 pm UTC

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The two main characters in the story are two sisters, the more serious or level-headed Julie Robere and Henriette Letore. Henriette is the main story teller, who nearly "faints" in her sister's...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2017 12:09 am UTC

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One way of looking at this story is to look at it from the perspective of the two children (who, it should be noted, since these answers refer to them as children: the two are actually fully grown...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 5:27 pm UTC

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Satire is a genre with the salient trait of using irony and mockery to address a topic or a behavior, among other things. In this short story, there is no doubt that the author was using satire to...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 9:59 pm UTC

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The theme of “The Adopted Son” is that money is the most important thing in life. With it, people can be happy, comfortable and respected; without it, they will be miserable, anxious, hungry and...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 10:18 pm UTC

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When Madame Loisel loses her friend's very expensive-looking necklace, she and her husband find a look-alike for thirty-six thousand francs. They have only half that sum to their names, and so they...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017 5:12 pm UTC

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Defining climax as the moment of highest emotional intensity in a plot when the outcome of the conflct is finally made clear to the reader, one may consider the sixth paragraph from the last as the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 12:17 am UTC

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The narrator is so suspicious of his friends' motives, as they "were fond of practical joking," that he is on edge during his entire holiday with them! When they give him a "princely reception"...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 1:21 pm UTC

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Like many other Frenchmen, Maupassant felt very bitter about France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, which lasted from July of 1870 to May of 1871. The French were forced to accept costly and...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 1:05 am UTC

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The point of view in Maupassant's story "The Coward" is that of Viscount Gontran-Joseph de Signoles. In fact this man is by himself throughout most of the story after he challenges a total stranger...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 11:53 pm UTC

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Naturalism focuses on human nature, stories that contain plots driven by character behavior, basic behavior that is inescapable as it is driven by biology or genetics. The Naturalists tended to...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2009 12:31 am UTC

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It can be argued that there are two climaxes in the story. The first climax occurs when Maitre Hauchecorne is accused of stealing Maitre Houlbreque's pocketbook. Hauchecorne's accuser is Maitre...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2018 9:28 pm UTC

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Considered one of the fathers of the modern short story, his surprise ending and clever plot structure that easily led to the denouement served as models for writers such as O.Henry and W. Somerset...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2011 12:41 am UTC

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The short story "The Grave" by Guy de Maupassant starts out with a watchman in a cemetery apprehending a man when he has just dug up a coffin of a young woman and is pulling out the corpse. The...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2019 1:44 am UTC

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This quotation comes from the story "Two Friends" by Guy de Maupassant. This story concerns two friends who used to meet each other regularly on Sundays to fish before the Franco-Prussian war broke...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2018 9:45 am UTC

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"Two Friends" tells the story of two Parisians going fishing with the Prussian army making its advance—with fatal consequences by the story's end. Taken as a whole, there is a certain tension in...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019 4:57 am UTC

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In "Two Friends" by Guy de Maupassant, Monsieur Morissot and Monsieur Sauvage enjoy fishing. They have spent many pleasant days fishing. Now that the war is raging, the two French friends have not...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012 12:33 am UTC

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A great thesis statement for the short story "An Uncomfortable Bed" by Guy de Maupassant would likely include an examination of the role of laughter or humor in literature. The story concerns a...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2015 9:22 pm UTC

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This is a story of a prostitute named Tall Fanny. She was trying to pick up a man when she runs into a child who is cold and hungry. She takes him home for the night and gives him what little she...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2008 3:27 pm UTC

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I believe you are thinking of The Rondoli Sisters. I included a link to the story so that you can double-check to make sure that is indeed the story to which you are referring:...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2009 11:20 am UTC

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In a discussion of the facade and the reality contained in Maupassant's tightly ironic short story, the reader can point to the contrast in the appearance and bravado of the Prussian officer, who...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012 9:26 pm UTC

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Maupassant uses one fairly long flashback at the beginning of the story. The two friends, Monsieur Morissot and Monsieur Sauvage, happen to meet on the street in famine-ravaged Paris which is being...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2016 6:10 pm UTC

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In Guy de Maupassant's short story “The Umbrella,” Monsieur Oreille has a rather frustrating problem. He has no money for himself, not even pocket money, not even enough cash to buy a new umbrella...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2021 9:47 pm UTC

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Guy de Maupassant is known as the master of the short story. While he did write some novels, Maupassant was able to solidify himself as one of France's greatest short story writers. He was known...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 5:20 pm UTC

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"My Twenty-Five Days" by Guy de Maupassant is a short story about the contents of a man's diary that another resident of the hotel where he stayed finds in a drawer. As the narrator begins his...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 9:45 pm UTC

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This is a great short story because of how the mood changes. Brilliant! In the beginning, the mood is like the priest's heart. Angry, dried up, judgmental, prideful. He thinks that God owes HIM an...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 12:19 am UTC

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It's interesting that the eponymous friends, Monsieur Morissot and Monsieur Sauvage, end up showing such astonishing loyalty to their country despite their shared hostility towards the war in which...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020 5:04 pm UTC

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In Guy de Maupassant "That Costly Ride," Hector de Gribelin proposes that the family, who has lived so frugally, celebrate by going on a carriage ride. He will rent the carriage and a horse which...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2009 11:50 am UTC

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Since I wrote the above answer to the question about Maupassant's story "The Grave," I have been reminded of several other stories in which a similar theme has appeared. Possibly all of them were...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2012 11:54 pm UTC

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An excellent example of de Maupassant's satire can be found in his short story The Necklace. In the story, Mathilde constantly complains of being poor and feels she deserves more because she is so...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2016 12:31 am UTC

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Taylor's article title lays out the contrasting sides of humor as a double-edged sword. Her article illuminates her title's imagery: humor can uplift and comfort and, when flipped around, humor can...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2015 11:23 pm UTC

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The supreme irony of Guy de Maupassant's short story, "The Piece of String," is how, by a single, innocent act, a person's life and reputation can be forever altered. When the thrifty Hauchecorne...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2011 12:19 am UTC

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Guy de Maupassant’s story uses a framing device of a narrator who supposedly relates the contents of a diary that he finds in a hotel room drawer. This device encourages the reader to think that...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 7:33 pm UTC

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If you are referring to the group of people who trod along, on their way to the market, that would be the body: The whole body bent forward at each movement of their long twisted legs; deformed by...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2011 12:00 am UTC

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