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The Pessimistic Writer A watchmaker and haberdasher from Paris a peasant from Goderville and an unhappy woman from Martyr Street are all intertwined in Maupassants writing Guy de Maupassant the famed nineteenth century French Storyteller distinctively outlines the bitterness brutality and pessimism that these four characters experience in his three short stories Two Friends The Piece of String and The Necklace The author embraces their brutality and ferocity of man Lemaitre His characters are all in some way governed by blind instincts that lead to their fall Maupassants pessimistic outlook on life rises to the surface in Two Friends The Piece of String and The Necklace Beneath the famine and agony in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War Maupassant portrays a pessimistic view of life when two friends search for consolation in their lives to overcome their difficulties with a fishing trip only to have their lives turned upside down M Morissot a respected watchmaker and M Sauvage an esteemed haberdasher change to become local militiamen not by choice but by authority consequently are deeply affected by great troubles Every Sunday before the war M Morissot left at dawn bamboo pole in his hand and a tin box on his back Two Friends 914 He was always content escaping reality life with M Sauvage his riverside acquaintance Together they quietly fished at a deserted river enjoying the sun pouring down on their backs 916 During the war it became too dangerous to fish at the streams however that wouldnt stop them from enjoying themselves Consequently the characters ignorance brings about their death at the hands of the Prussians The Prussians were stern people primarily evident in the officer who is stereotyped as a hairy giant He refuses to accept that these two friends arent spies by rejecting the truth 917 As a result Maupassant seems to imply that the only way these two friends can reach their solace in all the hate and pessimism of
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