Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant is a French writer recognized as one of the finest writers of modern short stories. Through the span of career, which lasted nearly ten years, Maupassant wrote three hundred short stories, six novels and contributed in considerable amounts literary work. Maupassant’s works are vastly admired for his realist and ironic approach to writing. Among all his work, “Boule De Suif” and “Jewelry” stands out as most preeminent due to its depiction of human nature and unexpected outcome. Maupassant was born on August 5, 1850 in Chateau de Mirmesnil, France – a year after the death of Edgar Allan Poe. Throughout 1880s, Maupassant wrote three hundred short stories, and several novels, albeit, recognized…show more content… On January 2, 1892, Maupassant attempted suicide. He was then committed to an asylum in Passy, Paris and died five months later; on July 6, 1893 at the age of 43.
Amongst numerous substantial work, “Boule de Suif” and “Jewelry” stand out as two extraordinary short stories in which the author; Guy De Maupassant, expresses his take on life. “Boule de Suif” takes place during the Franco-Prussian War. The story is based on ten French travelers who decide to leave their city Rouen and free to Le Havre due to occupation of Prussian army in their city. The ten people in the group includes people from different spectrum of the society such as businessmen, nuns, nobles, and a prostitute. While travelling, they neglect Boule de Suif because of her profession of a prostitute. However, they quickly change the attitude towards her soon after she offers a basket filled with food for the hungry travelers. As they travel from Rouen to Le Havre, the Prussian army detains them and proposes a condition to set them free. A Prussian army officer demands to spend a night with Boule de Suif, and as an exchange, he promises to set them free. While Suif instantly rejects the offer, the other travelers oppose her decision and use various tactics to finally convince her to sleep with the officer. As released the next day, they proceed with their journey to Le Havre. During the