Guy De Maupassant's Works

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In examining the influence of Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” and “Piece of String”, a similar form of figurative language is found. Situational irony, where an outcome is different from what was expected, is found in Maupassant’s short stories’ surprising and cruel endings. In “The Necklace” the protagonist, lost a diamond necklace, and ten years after struggling to pay off the replacement, she found the original was a fake. In Maupassant’s “Piece of String” the main character picked up a piece of string from the street and as a result of it, he was accused of theft and spent the rest of his life trying to prove his innocence. Guy de Maupassant’s short stories, “The Necklace” and “Piece of String,” were strongly influenced by his…show more content…
Additionally, Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant’s father figure after Louis Bouilhet’s death, strongly influenced Guy de Maupassant. Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant’s mentor, swayed Maupassant’s writing in teaching realism which, “Called for a scrupulous concern with form and a dedication to precision of detail and exact description” ("(henri); Maupassant" 3). Afterward, Gustave Flaubert’s death further devastated Maupassant. Additionally, the strain of work along with Herve’s death worsened Maupassant’s illness and caused his, “Descent into madness” (Bloom 17). Mainly Maupassant’s depression and view of others because of Boilhet and Flaubert influenced his style of writing and avoidable burdens on the main characters’ harsh life in “The Necklace” and “Piece of String.” Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace,” revolved around Mathilde Loisel’s view of her life. Mathilde, beautiful woman born to a family of clerks, always felt unsatisfied with her life and wanted a more extravagant lifestyle. One day, her husband, Monsieur Loisel returned home from work with an invitation to a ball hosted by his employer, Monsieur Ramponneau, at the Ministry of Education. Although Monsieur Loisel thought Mathilde would be excited with the chance to attend the lavish party, she was angered because she had nothing to wear and said he should give the invitation to one his friends whose wife can afford better clothing. Though Monsieur Loisel had money he was saving to buy a gun for
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