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Guy de Maupassant was born in 1849 and died at the tragically young age of 43 in 1892.

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GCSE English Short Stories Coursework David Allen Guy de Maupassant was born in 1849 and died at the tragically young age of 43 in 1892. He was a prolific writer and had written over 300 short stories in his time. Maupassant was considered to be the best author of his time, and probably one of the greatest French authors ever. Not only was he famous but he was very popular with the French audience. Some of Maupassant's stories were based on poverty. This was useful to aid him in his stories as he had a poverty stricken background. People could relate to the themes of his stories as they dealt with everyday situations and this is why it drew in a wide audience. His stories ranged in genre, and because of this many people enjoyed them. ...read more.


The story begins with a very descriptive opening of Madame Loisel and the surrounding area "dressed simply", "pretty and charming girls". Its shows how her husband would do anything for her in that her gave up the money he was saving up to buy a hunting gun just to buy her a dress for the ball. Later on she borrowed an exquisite diamond necklace from her rich friend. She realized when she had got home she had lost the necklace this also proved her husbands love as "her husband returned at about seven o'clock in the morning". They bought a new necklace to replace the lost one but it took the losiels' "10 long years" to pay off the necklace. When Madame Losiel met up with her friend she found out that the necklace cost only 500 francs and this must have destroyed Madame Losiel. ...read more.


Maupassant's style of writing is very distinct, unique and individual in a number of ways. Firstly his writing is descriptive "gazed long", "barren coasts". Secondly he uses good adjectives "scarcely", "treacherously". In "The Vendetta" the writer has good use of adjectives in that he uses many good describing words such as "rock-strewn straits" and "dazzling whiteness". He also uses some very good alliteration in that he lets the reader experience and feel how the writer felt at the time, "silently shedding great tears". In conclusion, I preferred "The Vendetta" because Maupassant made it more devious and interesting with certain little plot twists and because it was a rather unexpected way of getting revenge. The short story format was perfect for his ideas in that he was able to keep the reader entertained but yet tell a clear and concise story at the same time. ...read more.

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