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What do we learn from The vendetta stories consisting of three short stories that are set in Corsica, The Vendetta, A Corsican Bandit and Mateo Falcone.

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What do we learn from the writers of the vendetta stories about another culture? The vendetta stories consist of three short stories that are set in Corsica, The Vendetta, A Corsican Bandit and Mateo Falcone. They were written in the 19th Century by Guy de Maupassant and Prosper M�rim�e. These stories feature revenge as the main theme, and from it one can learn many things about the distant culture of Corsica. Through the words of the author one may extract many tidbits of information that helps us as readers to form an idea of Corsica. There are some traditions of Corsica that seem blood thirsty at first, such as the idea of mirror punishment (lex talionis), but the authors de Maupassant and M�rim�e reveal the deep logic behind it. The reader learns through the stories of a different society, one that is a patriarch one, where males rule. There are many subtle hints to this, for example "Paolo Saverini's widow lived alone with her son", which implies that the widow is owned by Saverini. ...read more.


It seems to be very important that they die like Christians, as can be seen through the examples the victims are invited to say a prayer before their deaths. To foreign eyes this can be seen as illogical, but in a skewed aspect it makes sense. Another custom which is skewed to foreign eyes is the Code of Vendetta, which is a large issue in Corsica. It is practiced commonly and is seen as a way of punishing the wrong doers through the form of lex talionis. From A Corsican bandit, Guy de Maupassant shows with "Following an old Corsican custom, his outraged sister took away all his black clothes so that he could not wear mourning for a death that was not avenged" that it is traditional to avenge the murdered before mourning. One can tell immediately through the language that there is an obligation to avenge the dead. This obligation has a long history, as vendetta is an Italian word for vengeance and quite common. ...read more.


From these quotations, the reader can assume that the Corsicans are a rather vindictive folk, which battles with the aphorism "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"1. At first glance the saying may appear to be brutal and primal to the reader, but the reader soon realizes that it is full of honor and justice. From the many subtle hints and tidbits of information, as the reader we can learn of a culture which seems brutal, primal and illogical at first glance. Later through reflection and thought, we begin to realize the Corsican culture is full of passion, justice and honor. We learn of the just Code of Vendetta, the patriarchism and the religion which supports the Corsicans through life. Though we each may interpret the stories differently, de Maupassant and M�rim�e are able to lead us and show us the great wisdom behind the savage culture. Word count: 998 1 Exodus 21:23-25, Leviticus 24:18-20, Deuteronomy 19:21 Mr. L. Thompson Page 1 of 2 English A1 SL Stephanie Shao 11D Created on 24/09/2006 8:32 PM Vienna International School ...read more.

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