Mother Savage & Desirees Baby-Compare and contrast Essay

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Mother Savage takes place in Virelogne during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. The narrator retells the story behind the ruins of a thatched cottage. At thirty-three years of age, Mother Savage’s son volunteered in the war (on the French side), leaving his mother alone. Mother Savage lived alone in her cottage until the Prussians came one day. Since she was known to have money, she had to take four of them. They seemed to be good boys. Since they saw Mother Savage was an elder lady, they showed consideration toward her and helped with as much as they could. She fed them and treated them well even though they were the enemy and her own son was fighting against them. One day she asked them if they know where the French regiment was, since …show more content…
I took his watch out of his pocket to bring to you when the war is over.
          Cordially,
          Césaire Rivot                         Private Second Class in the
                                   Twenty-third Regiment of the Line (page 67)
     This letter instigated violence in the heart of Mother Savage. Her only son had been killed by the Prussians. And there she was, living with four Prussian soldiers. The letter had been written three weeks prior. The soldiers had been living in her cottage for one month. These soldiers could have been same ones responsible for Victor’s death. The sorrow in her heart was too much to bear. She had to do something in revenge. She decided to burn her cottage with the four soldiers in it while they were asleep. This act of violence gave her calmness and satisfaction.
     The significance of violence in this story helps the reader to better understand the story

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