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To explore the relationship between text and context in Guy De Maupassant's 'Vendetta' and what make this story effective?

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To explore the relationship between text and context in Guy De Maupassant's 'Vendetta' and what make this story effective? By Dave Lacey Vendetta is a nineteenth century short prose story written by the author Guy De Maupassant. The story is about the revenge a widow takes on her son's killer. Guy de Maupassant was briefly in the army based on the small island in the Mediterranean called Corsica which is where he based the short story of Vendetta. Guy de Maupassant was one of the cutting edge naturalist writers at the time he wrote Vendetta. Vendetta has the characteristics of a typical short story. These are: few characters singe plot, clear setting and a clear relationship between characters, plot and setting. There is very little dialogue in Vendetta and the narrator is 'God like' the reason I say this is because it is narrated as if the island were a small village, looked down upon from above, and commented on. ...read more.


This shows how completely different are two society's are because no matter how old, frail or anything else that might be a handicap in seeking revenge the woman is, she still has to find a way of seeking vendetta against Nicholas Ravolati whereas, in our society, we believe in punishment by the law and leave the police to deal with it, rather than take the burden upon ourselves to do what Saverini is set out to do. Saverini found a way to take revenge because her dog, S�millante was whining because it could not get over the fact that its master was dead. She decided that she would train the dog to 'tear' the killer's neck on command and by doing so fulfilling the revenge she swore to take. Guy de Maupassant makes the woman look very savage just like how he describes the tiny island of Corsica by saying in the story that to train the dog she had to move it out side and chain it to the kennel to make it more savage. ...read more.


The maddened animal flew at his throat. The man flew out his arms and grappled with the brute. From this you can see the savage yet effective imagery Guy de Maupassant is not only trying but putting across to the reader as they read. So, the story begins and ends with death keeping that theme of it being savage right the way through as well as the theme of the islands Corsica and Sardinia being a 'wild and dreary prospect'. You can tell that Guy De Maupassant was a naturalist writer because the whole of his story shows how socio-economic problems affected widow Saverini and the way she dealt with them. Overall what makes this story affective is the fact that Guy de Maupassant manages to create such a savage story of how a widow trains a tamed dog to become wild again to do her bidding on a wild and baron island and show how their lives are affected by the things they encounter from day to day, which just goes to show that anything can affect anyone in many or few different ways. ...read more.

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