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Ch 1: The Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant

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The Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant - Chapter Summary

This series of bite-sized literature lessons explores several short stories written by Guy de Maupassant. Inside the chapter, you'll find simple and engaging explanations of the literary elements from ''The Necklace,'' ''The Piece of String'' and more. Be sure to take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to take away the most important information from the chapter. You can access the chapter material at any time, and when you're finished, you should be equipped to:

  • Analyze the themes from ''The Necklace'' and describe its setting
  • Summarize and analyze ''The Piece of String''
  • Evaluate the characters, setting, themes and irony from ''The Piece of String''

31 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant
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The Necklace Setting

1. The Necklace Setting

This lesson will present the details of setting in 'The Necklace' by Guy de Maupassant. We will explore how Maupassant masterfully layered in hints to help the reader connect to the main setting of the story.

The Necklace: Theme & Analysis

2. The Necklace: Theme & Analysis

While it's okay to wish for more, sometimes it's important to stop and reflect on all that you currently have in your life. In this lesson, we will analyze the themes in 'The Necklace' by Guy de Maupassant and learn about a couple that ends up losing it all for one night of bliss.

The Piece of String: Themes & Analysis

3. The Piece of String: Themes & Analysis

In 'The Piece of String' by Guy de Maupassant, a peasant's life is destroyed after he finds and picks up a little piece of string. In this lesson, we'll examine the themes from this short story.

The Piece of String Summary

4. The Piece of String Summary

Guy de Maupassant's 'The Piece of String' is a story about a false accusation and the irony that attempting to prove one's innocence might be the thing that makes one look the most guilty.

The Piece of String Character Analysis

5. The Piece of String Character Analysis

In this lesson, we'll examine the characters from 'The Piece of String.' Written by Guy de Maupassant, this short story is about a man who is falsely accused of theft, which leads to some tragic consequences.

The Piece of String Setting

6. The Piece of String Setting

In this lesson we will explore how the small-town setting in 'The Piece of String' affected the main conflict, allowing everyone to quickly pass around a false story and embarrass the main character.

The Piece of String Irony

7. The Piece of String Irony

In this lesson, we will look at how dramatic irony is used in literature. We will particularly look at how dramatic irony is used in Guy de Maupassant's short story 'The Piece of String.'

Two Friends by Guy de Maupassant: Summary & Analysis

8. Two Friends by Guy de Maupassant: Summary & Analysis

Guy de Maupassant's 'Two Friends' tells of two men who oppose violence so much, they enter a war zone to go fishing. In this lesson, you'll explore this story, the author's comments on war, French bravery, and German stereotypes.

The Jewelry by Guy de Maupassant: Summary, Themes & Analysis

9. The Jewelry by Guy de Maupassant: Summary, Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize the short story 'The Jewelry' by Guy De Maupassant. Furthermore, we will examine the theme that things are not always as they seem. Then you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

My Uncle Jules: Summary & Analysis

10. My Uncle Jules: Summary & Analysis

Guy de Maupassant is a novelist and short story writer who specializes in surprise, irony, and tragedy. 'My Uncle Jules' is no exception. In this lesson, we'll summarize and analyze the events in this short story.

Mademoiselle Fifi: Summary & Analysis

11. Mademoiselle Fifi: Summary & Analysis

'Mademoiselle Fifi' is about a young French woman's bold defiance of a brutish Prussian soldier during the Franco-Prussian War. We'll summarize and analyze this gritty short story by Guy de Maupassant.

Maupassant's An Old Man: Summary & Characters

12. Maupassant's An Old Man: Summary & Characters

This lesson summarizes the story of 'An Old Man,' by French author Guy Maupassant. We will learn about the plot and themes of this shorter-than-short story, and what Maupassant intended to convey through his characters.

Maupassant's Moonlight: Summary & Analysis

13. Maupassant's Moonlight: Summary & Analysis

'Moonlight' by Guy de Maupassant is an interesting short story about a woman confiding in her sister about being unfaithful to her husband. In this lesson, you will read a summary of this story as well as an analysis.

Maupassant's The Umbrella: Summary & Theme

14. Maupassant's The Umbrella: Summary & Theme

In this lesson, you 'll take a look at 'The Umbrella,' one of Guy de Maupassant's well-known short stories. In addition, we'll explore the overarching theme of the story.

Maupassant's The Wolf: Summary & Analysis

15. Maupassant's The Wolf: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, you'll be provided with a summary of Guy de Maupassant's short story, The Wolf, as well as looking at a basic analysis of the story's structure and purpose.

Maupassant's The Blind Man: Summary & Characters

16. Maupassant's The Blind Man: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, you will learn about Guy de Maupassant's short story, ~'The Blind Man~'. First, you will see a summary of the story followed by a discussion of the characters.

Maupassant's A Family: Summary & Analysis

17. Maupassant's A Family: Summary & Analysis

If you are reading 'A Family' by Maupassant, you may be wondering what it all means and what really happens. In this lesson, we will go over the main events and offer an analysis of the story.

Guy de Maupassant: Biography, Quotes & Facts

18. Guy de Maupassant: Biography, Quotes & Facts

Guy de Maupassant was a French writer who wrote during the nineteenth century and is considered one of the most famous French writers. In this lesson, we will learn all about Guy de Maupassant's life.

The Adopted Son: Summary & Characters

19. The Adopted Son: Summary & Characters

In this lesson you will learn about Guy de Maupassant's short story 'The Adopted Son.' We will look at a summary of the work as well as information about the characters.

Boule de Suif by Maupassant: Summary & Characters

20. Boule de Suif by Maupassant: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, we will learn about the context, plot, and characters in Guy de Maupassant's short story ''Boule de Suif.'' After gathering some important information about circumstances in France during the Franco-German War, we will follow ten French travelers on their journey from Rouen to Le Havre.

A Vendetta by Maupassant: Setting & Summary

21. A Vendetta by Maupassant: Setting & Summary

In this lesson we will take a closer look at ''A Vendetta'' by Guy de Maupassant. In addition to going over a summary, we will discuss the setting and the role it plays in the story.

Two Friends by Maupassant: Setting & Symbolism

22. Two Friends by Maupassant: Setting & Symbolism

In this lesson, we will look at two specific aspects of Guy de Maupassant's short story 'Two Friends.' You will learn about the setting, as well as symbolism in the story.

Two Friends by Maupassant: Characters & Themes

23. Two Friends by Maupassant: Characters & Themes

Guy de Maupassant's short story 'Two Friends' is a fascinating tale. In this lesson, you will look at it more in depth by exploring the characters and themes of the story.

The Necklace: Mathilde Loisel Characterization & Quotes

24. The Necklace: Mathilde Loisel Characterization & Quotes

This lesson will discuss how Mathilde Loisel is directly and indirectly characterized through her description, speech, and actions in Guy de Maupassant's short story 'The Necklace.'

The Necklace: Madame Forestier Character Analysis

25. The Necklace: Madame Forestier Character Analysis

In this lesson we will take an in-depth look at the character of Madame Forestier in Guy de Maupassant's short story ~'The Necklace.~' You will also learn about her role in the story.

The Necklace: Monsieur Loisel Characterization & Quotes

26. The Necklace: Monsieur Loisel Characterization & Quotes

How far would you go to make your significant other happy? In this lesson, we will analyze the character Monsieur Loisel from the short story 'The Necklace,' by Guy de Maupassant, and learn what a husband will do out of love.

Point of View in Maupassant's The Necklace

27. Point of View in Maupassant's The Necklace

In this lesson we will take a look at the point of view in Guy de Maupassant's short story, '''The Necklace.'' In addition, you will learn about the four different literary points of view.

The Necklace: Symbolism & Irony

28. The Necklace: Symbolism & Irony

In this lesson, we're going to look in depth at two literary devices used in Guy de Maupassant's short story 'The Necklace.' These devices are symbolism and irony.

The Horla by Guy De Maupassant: Summary & Analysis

29. The Horla by Guy De Maupassant: Summary & Analysis

Is anyone watching you? Are you sure? In the story, ''The Horla,'' the narrator certainly isn't. In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at a summary and analysis of this horror story that plays with one man's mind.

Guy de Maupassant's An Uncomfortable Bed: Summary & Analysis

30. Guy de Maupassant's An Uncomfortable Bed: Summary & Analysis

Ever created the very problem you were trying to avoid? If so, you're a whole lot like the narrator of our story, ''An Uncomfortable Bed.'' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the tale and the consequences that ensue for the narrator.

Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant: Analysis & Themes

31. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant: Analysis & Themes

In this lesson, we will analyze the short story 'Boule de Suif' by Guy de Maupassant. Further, we will examine the themes of moral relativism and social order from this story.

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