Maupassant, (Henri René Albert)
1850 -- 1893
Novelist, born probably at the Château de
Miromesnil, Dieppe, France , where he spent an
unhappy childhood (his parents were separated when
he was 11), he later served in the Franco-Prussian
War, studied law in Paris, and entered the civil
service--experiences frequently evoked in his
stories. He studied at Rouen, and spent his life in
Normandy. After serving as a soldier and a
government clerk, he took to writing, encouraged by
Flaubert, a friend of his mother's. He is one of
the world's most celebrated masters of the short
Maupassant suffered increasingly from the syphilis
that he had contracted in his youth, and he died in
an asylum, totally demented, having a year
previously attempted suicide.
range from the short tale to the full-length novel.
His first success, Boule de suif (1880, Ball of
Fat), led to his being in great demand by
newspapers. There followed about 300 stories and
several novels, including Une Vie (1883, trans A
Woman's Life), and the supposedly autobiographical
Bel-Ami (1885). His stories "Le Horla'
(Hallucination) and "La Peur' (Fear) describe
madness and fear with a horrifying accuracy which
foreshadows the insanity which beset Maupassant in
1892, when he was committed to an asylum in Paris.
Piece Of String
Total possible=30 points
Answer the questions about these quotes taken
from the story. Go back to the story if you need
more clues. Please write in full sentences with
thorough discussion for each.
1. Why does
Maitre Hauchecome pick up the string? Why does he
disguise his actions?
2. Explain why
Maitre Hauchecome is accused of finding the
3. Explain why
Maitre Hauchecome's name is not cleared, even after
the wallet is returned.
Maitre Hauchecome and Maitre Malandain's
relationship. How does this relationship help bring
about Maitre Hauchecome's problem?
5. Describe the
of the people of Goderville. How do the
characteristics bring about Maitre Hauchecome's
Maitre Hauchecome's chief characteristics.
In what way do his characteristics prevent people
from believing his story?
Hauchecome is upset because his reputation has been
destroyed. Discuss why people put such value in
8. Find one
about Normans that Maupassant includes in the story
and explain it.
9. Discuss why
in real life can be dangerous.
10. What do you
think the climax
of the story was?
11. What is
story? Give at least two examples.
12. Discuss the
13. The passage
below presents a paradox.
Explain what it means and how it reveals a truth
"He went home
ashamed and indignant, choking with anger and
confusion, the more dejected that he was capable,
with his Norman cunning, of doing what they had
accused him of and even boasting of it as a good
turn. His innocence to him, in a confused way, was
impossible to prove, as his sharpness was