Role of Women in Maupassant's Works

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Guy de Maupassant is one of the most popular French short story writers from the 19th Century and was also considered to be the father of modern short story writings. Maupassant belonged to the naturalistic school and took issues like the attitudes of the bourgeoisie or the Franco-Prussian War, along with the highly fashionable life of France in his age, and these became the key aspects of the cynical style of writing.

Taking some of the aspects of his life in relation to his works, it is stated that he normally didn't like work and whenever he found free time, for which he actually searched for, he used to spend it in pursuit of women, which can probably relate to how he expresses hypocrisy in women's characters and have a better
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"…that all the dead bodies had emerged from them, and that all had effaced the lies inscribed on the gravestones by their relations, substituting the truth instead… - They were all writing at the same time, on the threshold of their eternal abode, the truth, the terrible and the holy truth of which everybody was ignorant, or pretended to be ignorant, while they were alive."

Keeping the above statement in mind, it can be said that the entire truth of the woman in concern and the truth of their relationship was a lie. And this is affective for the woman because the man showed the chivalry and honestly loved her. He had faith in her that's why he was ‘ignorant' and did not try to judge her actions, in the end, she herself (in the dreams or not) came out and revealed herself to him. So initially what was written was removed and the epitaph said:

"Having gone out in the rain one day, in order to deceive her lover, she caught cold and died."

The woman is deceptive and in turn highlights the man in a positive light indicating how he is honest and chivalric.

Keeping the same notion in mind, another story about a woman deceiving her husband is the "False Gems" which revolves around the woman's interests in operas and jewels. The element of pretence runs throughout the short story; the fact that the woman who appears pious and virtuous (as the woman
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