The Best Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant

guy maupassantGuy de Maupassant was born in the year 1850, French author of the naturalistic school who is generally considered the greatest French short story writer. He was born at the Château de Miromesniel, Dieppe on August 5, 1850. In 1869 Maupassant started to study law in Paris, but soon, at the age of 20, he volunteered to serve in the army during the Franco-Prussian War. Between the years 1872 and 1880 Maupassant was a civil servant, first at the ministry of maritime affairs, then at the ministry of education. On January 2, in 1892, Maupassant tried to commit suicide by cutting his throat and was ommited to the celebrated private asylum of Dr. Esprit Blanche at Passy, in Paris, where he died on July 6, 1893.

Guy de Maupassant had wrote many interesting stories in this collection. Although he wrote on a wide variety of topics, the major recurring themes in his short stories are war, prostitution, and madness. His stories has deep meaning, that are really hard to describe, like George Orwell’s novels: one story could have lots of themes. His story also has many interesting twist and tricks ending, which reminds me of O’ Henry’s short stories which I am currently reading.

One of my personal favorites was the famous The Necklace. Mathilde, was about to go to a party, but before going, she borrowed her friend’s, Madame Forestier, necklace to look wealthy. It looked like real diamonds, and made Mathilde feel very rich, and happy. At the party, she had the time of her life. But on the way home, Mathilde lost the necklace. Thinking it was real diamond, she and her husband was worried and confused on what to do. In the end, they used up all their money, to buy another necklace, the necklace looking exactly the same, and gave it to her friend. They had to be poor for 10 years to complete the payment. When her friend found out, she was so shocked, and said that the diamonds she lend Mathilde were actually fake.

The main theme is how beauty can trick you. Like the way the necklace tricked Mathilde into believing that it was real, or when Mathilde thought that beauty, makes her look rich, worthy, and perfect.

Well, I could say by far, Maupassant one of the greatest short-story writers I’ve ever read. He talked about people in reality, and my mom explained that it’s called a realist writer. Even though he’s a realist, he also mixed horror and romanticism together when romance and mystery and gives fascinating pictures of 19th century France. “The master of the short story”, they call him. I agree. I agree. Do you want to write a short story? Learn from the best: Mr. Guy de Maupassant.


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