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"The wife of Martine Guerre demonstrates that communities value happiness more than honesty" Discuss In the novel 'The Wife of Martine Guerre' by Janet Lewis, everyone takes a different view

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"The wife of Martine Guerre demonstrates that communities value happiness more than honesty" Discuss In the novel 'The Wife of Martine Guerre' by Janet Lewis, everyone takes a different view on what the value more, Martin Guerre obviously values happiness over honesty, and so does Arnaud du Tilh, but then his father Monsieur Guerre and Bertrande value honesty over happiness, and because of the patriarchal system it really comes down to what the cap de hostel values most. It is obvious that martin vales his happiness over honesty. This is first shown when he leaves on a bear hunt without telling anyone where he was going to be, when he returned that night "He was exultant", even though he has been dishonest to his father. ...read more.

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Arnaud is dishonest all thought the novel till the end once he has been proven guilty, and confesses as to why he was pretending to be Martin Guerre. He was dishonest about who he was and he was going to steal from them, but the happiness that the money would have brought him and the happiness and love that Bertrande felt was more powerful to him the being dishonest At the beginning of the novel Martins father, Monsieur Guerre believes that honesty should prevail over happiness, he may not directly says this but it is shown when he hits martin "with the knuckles of his right hand" causing him "to spit blood into the fire" this is all done because martin went out bear hunting with out his fathers permission, even though when martin returned ...read more.

Conclusion

When she accuses her husband of being an imposter after he had been back for three years and the family was happy and the estate was prospering, she was whiling to give it always, even the happiness of her first son Sanxi who "... attached himself to his father..." and he "...flourished and grew..." but still Bertrande was willing to give that away just so that she could be honest to herself and to the rest of the family. To say that the community values happiness more than honesty would be incorrect, because it varies on the person, the household and the views of the cap de hostel. It also comes down to the strength on the individual and whether they are will to give away happiness for honesty or they would just rather be happy no matter what. ...read more.

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