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The Life Of Guy De Maupassant Exposed In The Necklace

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The life of an author may often reflect through their works. This is the case in the short story, The Necklace, written by Guy de Maupassant. An ironic and a self-explanatory tale, The Necklace is written filled with twists that might just make you doubt your stand in life. Characters which anyone might not think much about, symbols that many seem to miss, and principles that few seem to understand, The Necklace might just be short but with it, you can clearly see the life and ways of a person like Guy de Maupassant. Every word might just seem ordinary, but through the minds of some great authors, every single letter, every meaningless word, and every combined sentence create worlds for them. Imaginary it might seem, but their lives are intertwined with their works, so with this paper, the world of a great author, like Guy de Maupassant would be unraveled through one of his greatest work, The Necklace. The purpose of this report is to analyze the background in which The Necklace was written and to analyze its values and its characters.

The life of Guy de Maupassant was not an easy one, for when he was just a mere boy, his father had already left him. Henri- René- Albert Guy de Maupassant was eleven when his mother risked social disgrace to obtain a legal separation from her husband, thus, making Guy grow up without the influence of a father and making Guy seek her mother as the most influential figure in his life, which testified to his lifelong belief that women were saints and men were scum (Gregorio, 14-15).

Maupassant’s talent for writing came to be as a surprise, for after deliberately being expelled from a seminary school at Yvetot and being sent to Rounen Lycée, he then proved himself to be a great scholar indulging in poetry and theatrical. But for his love for writing, it came as a result for having a mother who loves classical literature, especially the likes of Shakespeare (Nietzche, 54).

When the Franco – Prussian War broke out soon after Guy’s graduation from college in 1870, he enlisted as a volunteer and fought bravely. From 1872 to 1880, he became a civil servant, first at the ministry of Maritime affairs then at the ministry of education. Stories like, Boule de Suif and Mademoiselle Fifi shows the darker side of Guy and the effect the war had on him. A quote from Boule de Suif says,” Kindly tell that scoundrel, that cur, that carrion of a Prussian, that I will never consent –you understand? – never, never, never!” (Gregorio, 37). His dark experiences, truly shows in his writings.

A man who really influenced Guy in his writing was Gustave Flaubert, who became not only a mentor of Guy, but also somewhat of a father. Gustave once said of Maupassant, “He is my disciple, and I love him like a son.” It was a concise description of a twofold relationship: if Flaubert was the inspiration for Maupassant the writer, he also provided the child of a broken marriage with a foster-father (Nietzche, 79). Gustave also...

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