By Guy de Maupassant
A French writer known as the "Master of Short Story form"
Started education at 13 in the Church
Began to study law, but was interrupted by Franco-German war
Volunteered in war, inspired by time in war
Guy de Maupassant
Time period/Historical Significance
( Monsieur Morissot and Monsieur Sauvage ) Knew each other in the past, went fishing every week
On a walk, Morissot ran into Sauvage, decided to go back to their fishing spot to catch up
The two friends heard boming, cannons and gunfire
Although they began arguing, the friends decided to put their political views behind them and fish
When the two went to their fishing spot, while talking about the Prussian war
The men see German soldiers in the distantance in confusion
German soldiers approach Sauvage and Morissor threatening to kill them if they did not tell a "password"
The German soldiers take the men's fish, and cook them for their own food
After the soldiers do not get their password from the men, they shoot them 12 times, murdering them
"Almost immediately another jet of smoke spurted from the fort on the summit, and a few seconds later, the rumble of another detonation reached their ears" (Maupassant 413).
This quote from the story leaves the reader wondering what will happen next, leading to suspicion.
"Just think! In five minutes you'll be at the bottom of that river.." (Maupassant 414).
The German soldiers showed many points of brutality and aggressiveness throughout the short story, them being the antagonist.
Morissot was speaking while watching smoke rise into the clouds, saying it was better to just die instead of living, which is verbal irony because he did not mean that and would later die.
"Better to call it death" (Maupassant 413).
"Right! I'm your man!" (Maupassant 411).
Morissor being back in contact and happy talking to Sauvage proves that the two friends are better people together and didn't do wrong personally to the German
"It's better than walking the boulevards, eh?"
Morissor went under changes, he went from a lonely man to being with his bestfriend
"They often spent half the day sitting side by side, rod in hand, with their feet dangling over the water" (Maupassant 408).
Giving the reader a descriptive description of the men fishing.
Simile & Imagery
Simile: "They looked round and saw standing above them four men, four tall, bearded men, armed to the teeth, dressed like liveried footmen..." (Maupassant 414).
Making a comparison using the word "like" of the German soldiers and uniformed men.
"A sort of hairy giant who sitting astride a chair and smoking a large clay pipe asked them..." (Maupassant 414).
The author used a hyperbole to stress and exaggerate the masculinity of the German soldiers.
"They're worse than animals" (Maupassant 413).
The tone of the story is aggressive. The author including this in the story displays how the writer felt towards the situation and the German war.
"They stood there motionless, keeping their mouth firmly shut" (Maupassant 414).
The author deciding to make the characters passionate to keep their mouths shut and stand for themselves show that the author wrote the story with dedication
"Paris was under siege, in the grip of famine, at its last grip" (Maupassant 408).
The author wrote this short story to show the readers his feelings towards his life through war. He also wanted to display to others how war can impact ones life, or lack of.
German soldiers approach the men and begin threatening them aggressively
The two men get shot and killed by the soldiers
Is a friendship worth dying for?
Two old friends catch up while going fishing